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Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 2.88% in December; up 10.86% in 2010, most hedge funds recoup 2008 losses

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sol Waksman
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 2.88% in December according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 10.86% in 2010.

“After two years of strong gains, close to 64 percent of the hedge funds that report data to us have now recovered from losses in 2008,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

"Although hedge funds underperformed US equities in 2010, +15.07 percent for the S&P 500 versus +10.95 percent for the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, the S&P 500 still remains 8.3 percent below its year-end 2007 close, while the hedge fund index is up 7.59 percent."

Overall, 17 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices had a positive return in December. The Barclay Equity Long Bias Index was up 5.41%, Healthcare & Biotechnology gained 3.37%, Equity Long/Short rose 3.07%, Pacific Rim Equities gained 2.62%, and the Event Driven Index was up 2.43%.

“Equity markets rallied as bullish sentiment returned in December, with investors focused on upward revisions of GDP growth estimates for 2011,” says Waksman.

The same 17 indices all had gains at the end of 2010. Equity Long Bias was up 14.33% for the year, Distressed Securities were up 12.57%, Technology gained 12.41%, Convertible Arbitrage rose 12.23%, and Emerging Markets were up 12.05%.

"Global rallies in equity and fixed income markets in 2010 and compression of credit spreads were the main drivers of return across all hedge fund strategies other than short equities," says Waksman.

The only losing strategy in December was Equity Short Bias, which fell 6.15%. Following a record gain of 40.91% in 2008 when equity markets plummeted, Equity Short Bias lost 18.80% in 2009, and another 14.67% in 2010.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 1.94% in December, and is up 4.73% for the year. The 2010 performance data for 18 Barclay Hedge Fund Indices is available now at www.barclayhedge.com.

(press release)

Sol Waksman is an experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends. For more commentary or background, call 641-472-3456 or email swaksman@barclayhedge.com.

BarclayHedge was founded in 1985 and actively tracks more than 5,900 hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, and managed futures programs. Each month Barclay provides updated performance rankings for 38 Hedge Fund categories and 16 CTA categories. Institutional investors, brokerage firms and private banks worldwide utilize BarclayHedge indices as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries...Full press release: Source
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