Hedge Funds Down 0.95% In July

Aug 3 2011 | 2:13pm ET

Hedge funds' wretched summer continued in July, which the average fund dropping almost 1%, according to one benchmark.

The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index fell 0.95% on the month to cut it's year-to-date return to 2.46%. All four of the LAB strategy indices were also in the red.

"The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index, which aims to reflect the performance of the overall hedge fund industry, generated negative performance in July," Jordan Drachman, head of research for alternative beta strategies. "The long/short equity sectro saw the most significant declines, finishing down 1.69% as uncertainty regarding Greek debt and U.S. debt ceiling negotiations outshone a generally positive Q2 earnings season."

Still, "despite July losses, the strategy remains up 3.43% year-to-date."

The LAB event-driven index fell 1.11% (up 2.8% year-to-date), followed by merger arbitrage (down 0.75% in July, up 3.69% YTD) and global strategies (down 0.6%, up 2.1% YTD).


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