Hedge Funds Drop 0.94% As Distressed, Equity Hedge Funds Take Toll

Jul 7 2010 | 12:29pm ET

Hedge funds shed 0.94% last month, extending their year-to-date loss to 1.2%, according to new figures from Hedge Fund Research.

Just four of the 18 HFRX strategy indices ended the first half with a positive month. Distressed securities and fundamental growth funds, in particular, wilted in the summer heat, shedding 3.73% (up 0.38% year-to-date) and 2.85% (down 9.73% YTD, the worst of any strategy index), respectively.

Equity hedge funds were no great shakes, either, declining 1.38% (down 3.42% YTD) in June. Macro funds lost 1.32% (down 2.32% YTD), market directional funds lost 1.14% (down 0.01% YTD) and the HFRX Equal Weighted Strategies Index dipped 0.99% (down 0.09% YTD).

The strongest performer on the month was systematic diversified, which rose 0.64% to hit 4.53% on the year. The other strategies in the black in June were relative value arbitrage (0.29% on the month, 1.29% YTD), convertible arbitrage (0.11%, 1.92% YTD) and relative value arbitrage multi-strategy (0.1%, 3.23% YTD).

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