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Hedge Fund Winners and Losers Emerge as Year Ends on Better Note

  • Strategies focused on macro trends produced the worst returns
  • Distressed-debt hedge funds profited from rally in oil prices
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Who Were 2016's Hedge Fund Winners and Losers?

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This was the year to ridicule hedge funds. Pension funds, politicians, Warren Buffett, even hedge fund managers themselves -- they all had something to say about the disappointing performance, high fees and market saturation.

Well-known managers from Ray Dalio to John Paulson saw performance on their main funds range from flat to double-digit losses, while some distressed-debt investors like Jason Mudrick benefited from the rally in commodities prices. Strategies focused on macro trends and equity hedges -- which have seen returns crimped by swollen stock-market valuations and ultra-low interest rates -- produced the worst returns.