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Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 0.44 per cent in July

Hedge funds lost 0.44 per cent in July, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge.

The index remains up 3.26 per cent in 2014.
“European equity prices dropped due to weakening economic data, and US equity prices dropped based on a strengthening recovery,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “It was a difficult month for equity funds hoping to turn a profit.”
Eleven of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices had losses in July. The Barclay Healthcare & Biotechnology Index gave up 2.36 per cent, Technology lost 1.66 per cent, Equity Long Bias was down 1.17 per cent, and European Equities lost 1.08 per cent.
On the positive side, the Barclay Pacific Rim Equities Index was up 1.23 per cent, Emerging Markets Index gained 0.82 per cent, and Convertible Arbitrage added 0.24 per cent.
Year to date, the best performing hedge fund strategy is Healthcare & Biotechnology, with an overall 8.70 per cent gain. Equity Short Bias has lost 9.24 per cent, and Technology is down 3.53 per cent.
The Barclay Fund of Funds Index lost 0.46 per cent in July, and but is still up 1.38 per cent in 2014.

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