FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Equity - Short Bias Leads Hedge Funds in January
Technology, Global Macro, Convertible Arbitrage Down
Fairfield, Iowa, Feb. 11, 2005 -- The Barclay Group released today the Barclay Index Flash Estimates for January 2005. Barclay is a leading provider of hedge fund and managed futures data.
"Convertible arbitrage funds, after a difficult year in 2004, have gotten off to a bad start in 2005," says Sol Waksman, president of The Barclay Group. "The most profitable hedge fund sector was Equity - Short Bias, coming off of two consecutive losing years. Technology was the worst-performing sector."
Barclay's figures show 12 of 18 sectors had gains in January. Equity - Short Bias led the way with a 2.92 percent gain. European Equities gained 2.23 percent, followed by Equity - Market Neutral and Pacific Rim Equities, both up 1.12 percent.
Six sectors lost money in January. The Technology Index was down 2.64 percent, Global Macro lost 0.90 percent, and Convertible Arbitrage 0.80 percent. The Barclay/Global HedgeSource Hedge Fund Index, with more than 1500 funds reporting, showed a gain of 0.17 percent.
The Barclay Group, established in 1985, actively tracks more than 4,100 hedge funds and managed futures programs. Barclay/Global HedgeSource Hedge Fund Indices are utilized worldwide as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund industry.
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