Now up 1.96% year-to-date, hedge funds outperformed the February losses of 1.70% in the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index and 2.02% in the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average. Comparatively, hedge funds delivered an average gain of 3.04% last year, according to data released by the CSFB Tremont Index.
Leading February’s charge were trend-following managed futures funds, which utilize computer programs to bet on the future price of commodities or the direction of equity indices, interest rates or currencies, up 6.43% for the month; followed by global macro funds, 1.87% higher in February.
Other gains for the month were seen in:
- Convertible Arbitrage: 1.39%
- Emerging Markets: 1.02%
- Fixed Income Arbitrage: 0.99%
- Event Driven Distressed: 0.89%
- Event Driven: 0.63%
- Event Driven Multi-Strategy: 0.63%
- Multi-Strategy: 0.11%
On the other end were hedge fund strategies that lost money in February, led by short-sellers at minus 1.73%, risk arbitrage lower by 0.71% and long/short equity down 0.21%.