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Hedge funds start 2014 with mixed results as investors reduce risk tolerance

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds posted mixed results in January as weak emerging market currency and further reduction of U.S. Federal Reserve stimulus measures contributed to reduction in investor risk tolerance, said data tracker Hedge Fund Research.

In its January performance report, HFR said hedge funds posted mixed performance with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posting a decline of -0.24% for the month, while the HFRX Absolute Return Index gained +0.68% and the HFRX Equal Weighted Strategies Index gained +0.14%.

"Global equity markets posted broad based declines, with U.S. declined led by large cap, consumer durables, retail and telecom sectors," HFR said. It added, "Asian and European equities also declined, with Asian losses led by Japan and Hong Kong, European losses led by Russia and the Netherlands; emerging markets posted steep losses led by Brazil, Turkey and Mexico. Government bond yields declined as investors on the invest......................

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