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Geopolitical instability in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America restrained hedge funds in July

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The geopolitical instability in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America restrained the market in July that also affected hedge fund performance, said Morningstar, Inc., a provider of independent investment research.

"Geopolitical instability in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America restrained markets in July," A.J. D’Asaro, alternative strategies analyst for Morningstar, said. "On the last two trading days of the month, interest rates spiked, and stocks declined as the markets reflected increasing global risks."

The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly 1,000 hedge funds in the Morningstar Hedge Fund database, decreased 0.3% in July, along with global stock and bond indexes. The MSCI World Index declined 1.6% while the Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index fell 0.9%. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index has increased 3.4% for the year through July.

Despite tensions, emerging-markets rebound continued for fifth straight month

Despite declines in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America, the emerging-markets rebound continued for the fifth straight month in July, buoyed by strong performance in Chinese equities. The Morningstar MSCI Emerging Markets Hedge Fund Index rose 0.4 % in July, which brought its year-to-date increase to 4.5%. In contrast, the unhedged MSCI Emerging Markets Index advanced 1......................

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