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Mixed results for hedge funds in July as China, energy worries drag performance

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds’ exposure to China, energy and discretionary commodity offset a powerful recovery by macro systemic diversified strategies in July, said Hedge Fund Research. HFR said the industry posted an overall mixed performance last month.

The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted a narrow gain of +0.01%for the month, bringing YTD performance through July to +2.5%. The industry's largest funds outperformed small and mid-sized funds in July, with the asset-weighted version of the FWC posting a gain of +1.4%.

"Mirroring intense asset volatility in broader financial markets, mixed hedge fund performance in July was driven by powerful and divergent trends, with CTA gains offset by China and energy losses, while the industry's largest funds outperformed small and mid-sized funds, resulting in aggregate cap-weighted gains for investors," stated Kenneth J. Heinz, President of HFR.

He added, "While the concentrated sectoral and regional weakness occurred in areas with highly specialized exposures, broader trends across major strategies continue to be favorable and the outlook for investors in 2H15 positive. Industry performance is likely to be led by the industry's leading and most well-established hedge funds, capturing oppo......................

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