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Hedge Fund Performance August 2009 Update

Hedge Fund Performance Update

The markets are in recovering mode and here are some statistics about how the various hedge fund investment strategies have performed in the last few months. The recent galloping in the equity markets and better corporate earnings has certainly had positive impact on the hedge funds performance.

Long-only hedge fund strategies posted the best returns of the asset class in July as global stock markets continued their upward trend, according to data in a report published by Lipper Global on Tuesday. As the industry looks to repair itself following last year’s heavy losses and record redemptions, these new figures will give more ammunition to market watchers who claim that the industry is on the road to recovery.

The data from the Thomson Reuters company showed that long-only hedge funds posting a 4.75 percent return for the month, building on gains of 14.34 percent for the year-to-date.

According to the recent reports released ahead of Lipper’s monthly Hedge Fund Insight Report, which is due at the end of August, showed that all hedge fund strategies posted a positive performance last month, with long/short equity and multi strategies both giving returns of 0.81 percent. Short bias strategies made a 0.40 percent return, boosted by profitable short sale strategies in the first half of the month, Lipper data showed.

The market is already looking for the next macro catalyst to drive market direction; there are a still a number of risks of market correction. The other hedge fund strategies which performed well were, options arbitrage performed strongly in July, with returns of 0.88 percent. Event-driven was the worst-performer, posting a 0.19 percent return.

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