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Hedge Funds Just Had Their Best Year Since 2010

  • Long Short Equity funds led the pack in 2017 performance
  • December Marked 14th Straight Month of Gains, Most Since 2000

Hedge funds gained 9.03 percent last year, the best annual performance since a 9.75 percent gain in 2010, led by Long Short Equity funds, and buoyed by the second-longest bull market in the U.S. Last year, 42 percent of all funds notched double-digit gains -- the most since since 2013 -- and more than double the 17 percent that reported negative returns.

December’s average gain of 1.24 percent resulted in the 14th consecutive month of advances, the longest winning streak since the dot-com bubble topped out in March 2000.