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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.35% in January; Hedge Funds Record 18 Annual Gains in Past 20 Years

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 27, 2017 — Hedge funds were up 1.35% in January according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge.

All but two of Barclay’s 17 hedge fund indices gained ground in January. Emerging Markets got off to a fast start in 2017 with a 2.63% gain, Technology was up 2.57%, Healthcare and Biotechnology gained 2.22%, the Event Driven Index added 2.08%, and Distressed Securities were up 1.78%.

“A global stock market rally pushed US equity prices to new all-time highs — again, as the promise of tax cuts and fiscal stimulus fueled investor confidence and provided an ample tailwind for a profitable month,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

The only losing hedge fund strategies in January were Merger Arbitrage, which was down 0.38% and Global Macro which slipped 0.02%.

Looking back at 2016, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index was up for the fifth year in a row, with a total gain of 6.09%. The Index has recorded positive returns in 18 of the past 20 years, with one-year losses occurring only in 2008 and 2011.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 0.89% 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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