Equities suffered badly in January, updated returns show

Fri Feb 15, 2008



With additional funds reporting, the Absolute Return Indices continue to tell a tale of a widespread loses in January.

The Absolute Return Composite Index fell an estimated 0.64%, with many Equity hedge funds suffering particularly badly. Gloomy economic data released throughout the month all pointed towards a recession in the U.S., causing steep stock market declines.

As a result, the Absolute Return U.S. Equity, Technology and Global Equity Indices were down 2.00%, 4.04% and 4.30%, respectively. The Absolute Return Distressed and Event Driven Indices also suffered this month, losing 2.65% and 2.87%, respectively.

Overall, the Absolute Return Composite Index has gained only 1.72% in the last 6 months, while during the same period the U.S. Equity Index rose 0.97% and the Global Equities Index actually lost 0.73%.

January was not all bad news. Four of the Absolute Return...

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