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Eurekahedge reports global hedge funds in positive territory for February

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Eurekahedge reports that its benchmark Hedge Fund Index was up 0.13% over the month of February, outperforming the MSCI World Index which showed a loss of 0.07%.

Key highlights for February 2013 included the Eurekahedge Japan Hedge Fund Index crossing the 200-point mark for the first time to reach its highest level on record, with Japanese hedge funds experiencing their strongest three month return on record, up by 10.50%.

In terms of European hedge funds, they outperformed underlying markets by 3.28%, while event driven hedge funds witnessed their ninth consecutive month of positive returns - up nearly 10% since June last year.

Eurekahedge finds that nearly 200 hedge funds are up more than 10% so far in the year. Looking back to specific strategy performance over January, the asset-weighted Mizuho-Eurekahedge Asia ex-Japan Long Short Equities Index was up 1.02%, while January saw CTA/managed futures funds post the lowest returns, down 1.23% driven primarily by currency and commodity price movements. Long term trend-following strategies reported losses from currency positions as the Euro’s trend of gains reversed during the month.

Eurekahedge hedge writes: "February witnessed diverging trends among global markets with US and European indices finishing with contrasting results. Risk aversion increased mid-month and the S&P dropped below the 1500 mark in the third week of ......................

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