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Hedge funds return 2.14%, up 7.06% YTD

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry added to its gains in April, returning 2.14% as the industry posted a sixth consecutive month in the black, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. By comparison the S&P 500 Total Return Index gained 5.34% in April.

For the year to date, the hedge fund industry gained 7.06% through the end of April. The S&P 500 Total Return Index returned 11.84% over the same period.

All sectors but two tracked in the Barclay Hedge Fund Indices were in positive territory for April.

"The economic news was positive across sectors in April," said Sol Waksman, president of BarclayHedge. "Equity markets continued to hit record highs while U.S. jobless claims consistently hit pandemic lows during the month. Manufacturing activity picked up in the U.S., the U.K. and the Eurozone while the Chinese economy grew at its fastest pace on record in the first quarter and the U.S. GDP rebounded to near pre-pandemic levels."

The Pacific Rim Equities Index led the way among hedge fund sectors in April returning 3.88%. Other notable gainers included the Equity Long Bias Index and Event Driven Indices, each advancing 3.45%, the Technology Index returning 3.15%, the Emerging Markets MENA Index gaining 3.14%, and the Emerging Markets Latin American Equities Index posting a 2.99% return.

The lone two sectors in the red for April were the Convertible Arbitrage Index, off 0.23%, and the Volatility Trading Index, down 0.02% for the month.

For the year to date, the Equity Long Bias Index led the way through April gaining 12.57%. The Event Driven Index was up 11.29% over the period, the Distressed Securities Index advanced 11.05%, the Emerging Markets Eastern European Equities Index returned 10.95% and the Emerging Markets MENA Index gained 10.74%.

Two sectors were in the red for the year to date. The Emerging Markets Latin American Equities Index was down 1.52%, while the Emerging Markets Latin America Index was off 0.61%.

"A stronger U.S. dollar and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to challenge Latin American markets," said Waksman.

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