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Hedge funds up 0.53 per cent in March, says BarclayHedge

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Hedge funds gained 0.53 per cent in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, extending its string of wins to a fifth consecutive month.

For the first quarter of 2017, the index was up 2.99 per cent.
“The ongoing global equity rally has been a significant driver of returns for the past five months,” says Sol Waksman (pictured), founder and president of BarclayHedge.
Fifteen of Barclay’s 17 hedge fund indices gained ground in March. The Technology Index was up 2.26 per cent, Healthcare and Biotechnology gained 1.41 per cent, European Equities were up 1.22 per cent, Emerging Markets gained 1.15 per cent, and the Pacific Rim Equities Index added 0.81 per cent.
The only losing hedge fund strategies in March were the Distressed Securities Index, which was down 1.44 per cent, and the Global Macro Index which slipped 0.02 per cent.
At the end of the first quarter, all of Barclay’s hedge fund indices are in positive territory. The Healthcare and Biotechnology Index is up 7.54 per cent, Technology has gained 6.84 per cent, Emerging Markets are up 5.81 per cent, Equity Long Bias has gained 3.47 per cent, and the European Equities Index is up 3.17 per cent.
The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 0.48 per cent in March, and is up 2.07 per cent in 2017.

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