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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Rises 1.11% in July; Seven Consecutive Winning Months in 2017

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, August 9, 2017 — Hedge Funds gained 1.11% in July according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The index has risen every month this year and is up a cumulative 5.48% for 2017.

“July was another winning month for the hedge fund industry as the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ both rose to new all-time highs,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “Market conditions have been ideal for steady gains across all market segments.”

Emerging Markets, Pacific Rim Equities, and Technology Lead for the Month

Emerging Markets continued their recent strong run and led all sectors with a gain of 2.65% in July. Pacific Rim Equities posted their best performance of the year with a gain of 2.12% and Technology, which is the top performer for the year to date, was up 1.72%.

Overall, 16 of 17 subindices showed gains in July with only European Equities down a scant 0.22%. Equity Market Neutral, Convertible Arbitrage, Merger Arbitrage, and Multi Strategy were all positive for the month but showed gains of less than 0.5%.

For the year, all subindices are now on positive ground. The top performers are Technology at 13.22%, Healthcare & Biotechnology with a 12.57% gain, and Emerging Markets up 10.96% (see above) while laggers are Equity Market Neutral at 0.92%, Global Macro at 0.94% and Distressed Securities at 1.80%.

“July was more of the same for the hedge fund industry,” says Waksman. “The same sectors continue to lead and returns were positive, but not spectacular. All in all, 2017 has been a good year for hedge funds and investor interest seems to be on the rise again.”

For a complete table of BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Index and Sub-Index performance for July, click here.

For a complete table of BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Index and Sub-Index performance for June, click here.

Sol Waksman is the founder and president of BarclayHedge. Waksman is an industry expert and experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends.

BarclayHedge is the global leader in providing independent, research-based information services to the alternative investment industry. Founded in 1985, Barclay currently maintains data on more than 6,600 hedge funds, fund of funds, and CTAs. No one has been in the business of collecting alternative investment data longer than BarclayHedge.

Institutional investors, brokerage firms, and private banks worldwide utilize BarclayHedge indices as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.