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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 0.71% in November; Equities Drive Upward Trend for Most Fund Strategies

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, December 19, 2013 — Hedge funds gained 0.71% in November, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 9.84% year to date.

“A rate cut in Europe, far-reaching reforms announced in China, and generally positive economic data contributed to a third month of rising equity prices," says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Sixteen of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices had gains in November. The Barclay Healthcare & Biotechnology Index jumped 3.05%, Distressed Securities gained 1.71%, Global Macro added 1.68%, Equity Long Bias was up 1.55%, European Equities gained 1.37%, and Pacific Rim Equities were up 1.24%.

“In spite of a dismal launch that raised concerns about Obamacare’s longer term success, healthcare was the top performing sector in November as well as year to date," says Waksman.

The Healthcare & Biotechnology Index has gained 25.66% in 2013, Pacific Rim Equities are up 20.63%, Equity Long Bias Index has returned 19.23%, Distressed Securities have gained 15.89%, and Equity Long/Short is up 12.10%.

On the losing side, the Equity Short Bias Index was down 2.01% in November, and Emerging Markets lost 0.53%.

The Equity Short Bias Index is now down 25.32% in 2013, surpassing last year’s record loss of 24.12%. All other hedge fund strategies tracked by BarclayHedge have gains year to date.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 1.01% in November, and is up 7.22% after 11 months in 2013.

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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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