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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund industry gains 3.76% YTD in February 2021: hedge fund news, week 11

Monday, March 22, 2021

In the week ending March 19th 2020, BarclayHedge announced that the hedge fund industry continued its positive run in February, as Barclay Hedge Fund Index returned 2.68% for the month. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index gained nearly 2.76% in February. For the year to date, the hedge fund industry gained 3.76% through the end of February. The S&P 500 Total Return Index returned 1.72% over the same period.

Industry performance was broadly positive in February 2021 with 80% of products reporting to eVestment reporting gains during the month. While the average positive result was high (+4.51%), it has been surpassed by four other months in the course of the prior twelve. Since post-pandemic onset in March 2020, the industry has produced aggregate returns of nearly 20%, which is the best 12-month return period for the industry since at least 2011.

Meanwhile, hedge funds offloaded the most Treasuries in nine months in January, foreshadowing a selloff in U.S. bonds that occurred just weeks later.

In new launches, global alternative investment manager Ares Management closed its Ares Pathfin......................

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