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Long/short hedge fund replication leads gains in July

Friday, August 07, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Long/short hedge fund replication strategies led gains in July as Index IQ reported the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes.

The IQ Hedge Long/Short Index gained 1.34% last month (+4.11% YTD), followed by the IQ Hedge Market Neutral Index with a 0.55% gain (+1.21 YTD). The IQ Hedge Event Driven Index and the IQ Hedge Multi-Strat Index also reported positive outputs with 0.32% and 0.15% respectively (+2.20% YTD and +1.46% YTD respectively).

The report added that the Global Macro and Merger Arbitrage indices struggled last month after posting, -0.86% (-1.74% YTD) and -0.78% (+2.59% YTD) losses respectively, fairly consistent with other benchmarks tracking the hedge fund industry.

Index IQ is designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance characteristics of sophisticated hedge fund strategies. Its IQ Hedge Indexes comprise the first family of investable benchmark indexes covering hedge fund replication/alternative beta strategies.

On the average, hedge funds posted a narrow decline in July but still managed to stay in positive territory, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index falling -0.03% in July (+1.24% YTD). Meanwhile, the HFRX Absolute Return Index posted a gain of +......................

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