Hedge Funds Dip In March

Apr 5 2012 | 1:04pm ET

Following their second-worst year in history, hedge funds posted a positive first quarter.

While the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index lost ground last month, falling 0.82%, it ended the first quarter up 2.75%. But that badly trails the broader markets: The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose about 12% in the year's first three months.

Just two of the seven strategies tracked by the Dow Jones Credit Suisse indices were in positive territory for March. Convertible arbitrage funds rose an average of 0.18% (6.09% year-to-date) and fixed-income arbitrage funds 0.05% (1.42% YTD).

On the other side of the ledger, event-driven funds lost 0.02% on the month (up 4.39% YTD), global macro 0.06% (up 2.84% YTD), emerging markets 0.98% (up 2.64% YTD), managed futures 2.11% (down 0.5% YTD, the only strategy in negative territory in the first quarter) and long/short equity 2.54% (up 2.65% YTD).

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