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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 0.92% in May; Equity Prices in Developed Markets Lead the Way

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, June 18, 2015 — Hedge funds were up 0.92% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has gained 4.58% year to date.

“Developed market equities lead the way to a profitable month for most hedge fund strategies,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

“Japan outperformed as the Nikkei rose 5.6% driven by positive economic news, the S&P 500 gained 1.29% in spite of expectations of rising US interest rates, and the MSCI Europe Index advanced 0.8% in the face of Greek exit fears.”

All but two of Barclay's 18 hedge fund indices had gains in May. The Healthcare & Biotechnology Index jumped 5.38%, Pacific Rim Equities gained 2.22%, European Equities were up 1.85%, Merger Arbitrage added 1.41%, and the Equity Long/Short Index gained 1.39%.

The Equity Short Bias Index was down 2.14% in May, and has lost 6.35% year to date. Equity Short Bias is the only hedge fund sector with a loss in 2015.

After five months, Barclay's Healthcare & Biotechnology leads all hedge fund strategies with a 12.64% gain. Pacific Rim Equities are up 8.02%, Emerging Markets have gained 7.97%, European Equities are up 5.22%, and Merger Arbitrage has added 5.23%.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 0.94% in May, and is up 3.82% for the year.

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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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