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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Drops 0.28% in July (+3.05% YTD)

Friday, August 14, 2015

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Hedge funds lost 0.28% in July, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 3.05% year to date.

"July was a difficult month for hedge fund managers. The first half was dominated by Grexit fears and the equity sell-off in China. The theme of the second half of the month was recovery from the first half," says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Despite the overall loss, 11 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices had gains in July. The Global Macro Index rebounded from a 2.08% June loss with a 3.52% July gain. European Equities were up 1.49%, Healthcare & Biotechnology gained 1.11%, and Equity Market Neutral added 0.52%.

"Marco funds benefitted from resurgent strength in the US Dollar and continued weakness in commodities," says Waksman.

Seven hedge fund indices had losses in July. The Emerging Markets Index was down 3.59%, following a 2.18% loss in June. The Event Driven Index gave up 1.61%, Equity Short Bias was down 0.85%, and Distressed Securities lost 0.78%.

At the end of July, 16 of 18 Barclay indices are in positive territory. Healthcare & Biotechnology Index has gained 14.19%, Pacific Rim Equities are up 6.92%, the European Equites Index has gained 5.11%, Merger Arbitrage is up 5.04%, and Technology has gained 4.84%.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 0.32% in July, and is up 3.03% in 2015.

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