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Hedge funds post best gains since 2011, up 2.4% in Q1

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds generated their strongest gains in the first three months of 2015 and outperformed the S&P 500 with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite index returning 2.4% and the HFRI Fund of Funds Composite index was up 2.5%. This was the industry’s best performance since the third quarter of 2011

In a press release, data provider HFR said that hedge funds outperformed most of the major market indices during the period including the S&P 500, which gained 0.95%; MSCI ACWI, 2.4%; and Barclay U.S. Government Credit/Bond, 1.8%.

The HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +0.21% for April, while the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +2.20% for the period. The HFRX Emerging Markets Composite Index posted a strong gain of +4.74% for April, the highest gain since May 2009, with contributions from exposure to China and Brazil.

"Global financial markets posted mixed performance for April, as Chinese equities posted sharp gains on record trading volume, oil posted strong gains and the M&A environment accelerated with new transaction announcements; global equity markets posted gains for the month, despite posting sharp declines into month end. Regional equity market gains were led by Chinese and emerging market equities, with Brazil, Russ......................

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