Mon, Mar 30, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 1.63% in December; Healthcare & Biotechnology Index up 13.79% in 2012 (+8.27% 2012)

Monday, January 14, 2013
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 1.63% in December, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index had positive returns in 10 out of 12 months in 2012, and was up 8.27% at year-end.

“Buoyant equity markets at the beginning of the month collided with fiscal cliff fears at mid-month, only to explode higher on December 31st,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

The Barclay Pacific Rim Equities Index was up 3.17% in December, Emerging Markets gained 2.87%, European Equities were up 2.24%, Equity Long Bias gained 2.04%, and Distressed Securities added 1.95%.

“Hedge fund returns outpaced the S&P 500 for a third consecutive month in December, but stilled lagged by 7.76 percent at year-end,” says Waksman.

Three of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund strategies lost ground in December. The Equity Short Bias Index dropped 5.97%, Technology lost 0.33%, and Equity Market Neutral slipped 0.06%.

The Healthcare & Biotechnology Index led all hedge fund strategies in 2012 with a 13.79% gain, Distressed Securities gained 12.05%, the European Equities Index was up 10.17%, Emerging Markets added 9.94%, Equity Long Bias was up 9.34%, and Fixed Income Arbitrage gained 9.33%.

“Now that the boomer generation has begun to swell the ranks of senior citizens and Obamacare is the law of the land, the outlook for healthcare and biotech appears to be bullish,” says Waksman.

The Equity Short Bias Index was the only losing hedge fund strategy in 2012, suffering a negative return of 24.18%. This is the biggest one-year loss for Equity Short Bias since BarclayHedge began tracking its performance in 1997. The previous record was a 23.95% loss in 2003.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 1.05% in December, and was up 4.60% in 2012.

BarclayHedge

Press Release

BM

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Other Voices: Does the hedge fund industry benefit society?[more]

    This article was authored by Don Steinbrugge, Chairman of Agecroft Partners, a US-based global consulting and third party marketing firm for hedge funds. It is no secret that the hedge fund industry is viewed negatively by a la

  2. Private credit comes into focus for investors[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As investors look for a way out of the low yield/no yield environment, private credit is becoming an increasingly attractive asset class, according to a white paper from Bayshore Capital Advisors. Private credit has grown steadily since the financial crisis as

  3. M&A - Hedge funds no longer attractive targets for banks, reinsurers, Blackstone buys stake in Christopher Pucillo’s Solus event-driven hedge fund[more]

    Hedge funds no longer attractive targets for banks, reinsurers From Institutionalinvestor.com: Swiss RE, the world’s second-largest reinsurer, is looking to sell its 15 percent stake in Jersey, Channel Islands–based hedge fund firm Brevan Howard Asset Management. Morgan Stanley reported

  4. Opalesque Radio: Threadneedle expects continuing equity volatility this year[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Investors should expect more volatility, which is signaling a "slow moving" top to the market, KKM Financial’s founder and CEO Jeff Kilburg told CNBC on Monday. And this volatility is going

  5. Hedge funds show strong performance of 2.52% so far in 2015[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry got off to a strong start in 2015 "completely unmindful" of the poor performance last year, according to data provider Preqin. According to Preqin, following a year which saw the average he

 

banner