Hedge funds extended their May—and April—losses in the first half of this month, one industry benchmark shows.
The HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index shed 0.54% on the month through June 15. The decline leaves the index up just 0.97% on the year.
Only one of the 15 strategy, sub-strategy and regional indices compiled by Hedge Fund Research for the HFRX suite was in the black in the first two weeks of June, and it only barely: Fundamental value equity funds rose a microscopic 0.03% (0.54% YTD).
The rest of the report was a sea of red. Macro funds and commodity trading advisers lost 1.06% (down 1.57% YTD), relative value arbitrage funds 0.42% (up 1.72% YTD), and equity hedge fund and event-driven funds 0.38% apiece (up 0.27% and 3.18% YTD, respectively).
Systematic diversified funds took the biggest loss in early June, dropping 1.89% (down 2.6% YTD). Equity market neutral funds lost 0.98% (down 4.5% YTD), special situations 0.52% (up 1.52% YTD) and convertible arbitrage 0.47% (up 2.73% YTD).