Most strategies suffered in tumultuous November

Fri Dec 14, 2007



U.S. hedge funds hit a wall in November, as tumultuous markets felled most of the Absolute Return Indices, according to early performance estimates. Equities funds suffered the worst this month: the Technology Index and U.S. Equity Index fell 1.88% and 1.54%, respectively.

The Absolute Return Composite Index fell 0.74% in November, dropping its year-to-date return to 8.38%. This was the fifth worst month in the history of the Composite, which tracks performance back to 1998.

Early estimates indicate that the Composite’s November decline was less than its 0.90% fall in August, or than the 1.04% decline it suffered in April 2005. November was the worst month for the U.S. Equity Index since April 2005, when it declined 1.85%.

Some of the best performing strategies this year were not spared from the turbulence. The Latin American Equity Index fell...

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