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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Down 2.83% in January; Hedge Funds Suffer Worst Start in Eight Years

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 18, 2016 – Hedge funds lost 2.83% in January according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. This has been the worst start in eight years since the Index dropped 3.26% in January 2008.

“Slowing fourth quarter growth in the US, heightening concerns about the Chinese economy, and a precipitous decline in energy prices all weighed heavily on investor sentiment,"says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Overall, 15 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices had losses in January. The Healthcare and Biotechnology Index was hit the hardest, dropping 7.10% in one month.

“In spite of reported earnings growth in the healthcare sector, the NASDAQ Biotech Index fell 21 percent,” says Waksman.

The Emerging Markets Index lost 4.87% in January, Equity Long Bias was down 4.84%, Technology gave up 3.82%, European Equities lost 3.48%, Distressed Securities were down 2.83%, and the Event Driven Index lost 2.67%.

On the positive side, the Equity Short Bias Index jumped 3.21% in January, Merger Arbitrage was up 0.51%, and Equity Market Neutral added 0.18%.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index was down 2.59% in January.

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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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