BarclayHedge: Hedge Funds Return 1.06%

Jun 18 2013 | 10:29am ET

Hedge funds enjoyed broad gains in May, according to an industry index, although the average fund continues to badly lag the markets.

The Barclay Hedge Fund Index rose 1.06% last month, with 16 of its 18 strategies in the black. The benchmark is up 5.87% on the year—but the Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up over 15%.

Healthcare and biotechnology was the best-performing strategy in May, rising 3.11%. Equity long-bias funds added 2.64%, distressed securities 2.42%, technology 2.36% and convertible arbitrage 1.81%.

Equity short-bias funds fell a further 4.01% on the month and are now down an average of 17.14% on the year—the only BarclayHedge strategy in the red through May. Pacific Rim equities lost 0.91% on the month, burned by the recent swoon in Japanese shares.

Funds of hedge funds posted gains for the seventh-straight month, according to BarclayHedge, adding 0.67% (4.82% year-to-date).


In Depth

FINtech Focus: Fundbase Aims To Revolutionize Access To Hedge Funds

Jan 23 2015 | 11:03am ET

Global investment in financial technology—also known as fintech—is booming....

Lifestyle

Looking For A Hedge Fund Manager? Try Davos

Jan 28 2015 | 8:48am ET

Davos, Switzerland seems to have become the hedge fund capital of the world—at...

Guest Contributor

From Switzerland With Love: Some Hard Truths About Central Banks And Risk

Jan 23 2015 | 7:54am ET

In the wake of the Swiss National Bank uncoupling the country’s currency from...

 

Editor's Note