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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 0.53% in March; Funds Record Five Straight Months of Gains

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, April 20, 2017 — Hedge funds gained 0.53% in March according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, extending its string of wins to a fifth consecutive month. For the first quarter of 2017, the Index was up 2.99%.

“The ongoing global equity rally has been a significant driver of returns for the past five months,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Fifteen of Barclay’s 17 hedge fund indices gained ground in March. The Technology Index was up 2.26%, Healthcare and Biotechnology gained 1.41%, European Equities were up 1.22%, Emerging Markets gained 1.15%, and the Pacific Rim Equities Index added 0.81%.

The only losing hedge fund strategies in March were the Distressed Securities Index, which was down 1.44%, and the Global Macro Index which slipped 0.02%.

At the end of the first quarter, all of Barclay’s hedge fund indices are in positive territory. The Healthcare and Biotechnology Index is up 7.54%, Technology has gained 6.84%, Emerging Markets are up 5.81%, Equity Long Bias has gained 3.47%, and the European Equities Index is up 3.17%.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 0.48% in March, and is up 2.07% in 2017.

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Sol Waksman is an experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends. For more commentary or background, call 641-472-3456 or email swaksman@barclayhedge.com.

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