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Hedge funds rebound in October on global equity rally

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds rebounded in October with the Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 2.19% (+0.69% YTD), after sustaining four successive months of losses, BarclayHedge reported.

Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge commented, "A global rally in equities fueled by continued easing in the US, Europe and Japan, together with stabilizing economic signs from China helped propel the S&P 500 to a gain of 8.30% in October, its strongest showing since October of 2011 when it gained 10.9%."

Fifteen of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices made profits in October. Equity long bias jumped 3.75% (-4.19%, YTD), emerging markets were up 3.35% (-1.79% YTD), technology gained 3.08% (+5.67%), Pacific Rim equities added 2.27% (+6.26%YTD), merger arbitrage was up 1.70% (+6.31% YTD), event driven rose 1.60% (-1.81% YTD), and the Fund of Funds Index gained 0.96% (+0.30% YTD).

However, three strategies reported losses, with equity short bias index dropped 5.14% (-4.19%YTD), European equities were down 0.34% (+2.85% YTD), and the distressed securities index gave up 0.31% (-6.73% YTD).

Other hedge fund indices also reported gains in October 2015. Data provider Hedge Fund Research (HFR) said that the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index had gained +1.4......................

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