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Barclay Hedge Fund Index rises 0.63% in August (6% YTD) in tenth consecutive monthly gain

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds notched their tenth consecutive monthly gain in August 2017, rising 0.63%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The index has risen 6.14% in 2017.

"Hedge funds continued their winning ways last month," says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. "Global equity markets continued to gain ground in spite of harsh rhetoric from the US and North Korea. Hedge fund gains were broad based, with 12 of 16 sub-indices posting positive returns in August."

Technology Outshines All Sectors
Technology funds posted the sharpest gains for the month (+2.93%) and also lead for the year with a positive return of 16.48%.

Emerging Markets and Healthcare and Biotechnology continue to shine as well with gains of 1.92% and 1.71% respectively in August. Both sectors are strong gainers year to date, with Healthcare up 13.87% and Emerging Markets showing a gain of 13.13%.

Merger Arbitrage and Convertible Arbitrage were down slightly for the month while Distressed Securities fell 0.50% and the Event Driven Index was down 0.79%.

For a complete table of BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Index and Sub-Index performance for August, click here.

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