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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Down 1.43% in September; Investor Uncertainty Triggers Global Sell off

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, October 19, 2015 — Hedge funds lost 1.43% in September, its fourth consecutive monthly loss according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 1.21% year to date.

“Investor uncertainty fueled by weak growth numbers in the US and China, along with the Fed’s reluctance to raise US interest rates, triggered a global selloff in equities, commodities, and high yield bonds,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

All but one of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices lost ground in September. The Healthcare & Biotechnology Index dropped 5.90%, adding to its 4.13% loss in August. The Event Driven Index was down 2.67%, Equity Long Bias lost 2.44%, Distressed Securities gave up 2.05%, and the Emerging Markets Index was down 1.53%.

The Equity Market Neutral Index was the only hedge fund strategy in positive territory for September, with a 0.87% gain.

At the end of three quarters in 2015, the Merger Arbitrage Index is up 4.54%, Equity Market Neutral has gained 4.01%, Pacific Rim Equities have risen 3.92%, Healthcare & Biotechnology is up 3.78%, and European Equities have gained 3.51%.

The Distressed Securities Index has lost 6.66% year to date, Emerging Markets are down 4.52%, the Event Driven Index has lost 3.09%, and Equity Long Bias is down 3.02%.

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index lost 1.67% in September, and is down 0.54% in 2015.

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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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