Hedge Funds Post Best Monthly Gain in July Since End of 2016

  • Managers returned 1.1% last month, according to HFR data
  • Funds bolstered by gains in equity and event-driven strategies

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Hedge funds in July reported their best monthly returns since the end of 2016, boosted by equity and event-driven strategies.

Funds on average gained 1.1 percent, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc.’s asset weighted composite index. Technology-focused equity funds had the best July of any sub-strategy tracked by HFR, returning 2.3 percent.

The performance last month has pushed hedge fund returns in 2017 to 3.7 percent, compared with 10 percent for the S&P 500 Index. Amid the ongoing shift from active to passive investments, firms have struggled to attract investors and have only recently seen inflows return.

July marked a turnaround from the previous month, when hedge funds lost 0.24 percent, weighed down by macro and event-based strategies.

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