Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 1.21% in December; Hedge Funds Achieve a 10.44% Return in 2017

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, January 10, 2018 — Hedge Funds gained 1.21% in December according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The index was up 10.44% at the end of 2017.

“Tax reform in the US helped to propel the rise in global equities in December,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

The Event Driven Index soared 2.51% in December, Technology was up 2.30%, and Distressed Securities gained 2.19%. Emerging Markets gained 1.79%, Healthcare and Biotechnology added 1.53%, and Pacific Rim Equities were up 1.15%.

Fixed Income Arbitrage lost 0.98% in December, and the Convertible Arbitrage Index was down 0.12%.

Overall, 2017 was a good year for hedge fund performance, with the strongest annual return since an 11.12% gain in 2013 and 10.88% gain in 2009. All 17 of Barclay’s hedge fund indices ended the year in positive territory.

The Technology Index led the pack in 2017 with a 25.67% gain, its highest annual return in 18 years. The Healthcare & Biotechnology Index was up 19.71% for the year, Emerging Markets gained 18.80%, Pacific Rim Equities were up 15.44%, and Equity Long Bias gained 13.92%.

“With December’s positive performance, the S&P 500 set an all-time record with fourteen consecutive positive monthly closes,” says Waksman. “No surprise that equity hedge funds had a very good year.”

The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 0.66% in December, and ended the year with a positive return of 6.20%.

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Sol Waksman is the founder and president of BarclayHedge. Waksman is an industry expert and experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends.

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