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M&A activities drive IndexIQ's hedge fund replicators

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds strategies outperformed the equity markets in the first two months of 2016 as M&A activities remain strong, said IndexIQ, a provider of innovative investment solutions focused on absolute return, real assets, and international strategies.

"The volatility that characterized 2015 and the start of 2016 continued through the beginning of February but sentiment improved in the second half of the month," said Adam Patti, CEO of IndexIQ in a statement. "Overall, our family of benchmark hedge fund replication indexes was mostly positive for the month, led by our IQ Merger Arbitrage Index, which returned 2.07 percent, while only the IQ Hedge Long/Short Index finished February in negative territory."

IndexIQ chief investment officer Salvatore Bruno also noted that performance of the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index, the broadest-based index in the IQ Hedge family, was ahead of the S&P 500 both during February and year-to-date through February 29th. "One of our five main themes for 2016 was our belief that many alternative strategies, including those pursued by a number of hedge funds, could become more attractive this year," said Bruno. "Performance thus far has borne that out."

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