Hedge funds start 2013 with best month in nearly four years

By Rob Copeland, Amal Robleh

Fri Feb 8, 2013


Absolute Return Composite Index rises 2.53%, most since May 2009.


The New Year brought new triumph to hedge funds, as almost all of the Absolute Return indices turned in dramatic gains. The Absolute Return Composite Index rose 2.53%, its best monthly return since May 2009. The Absolute Return U.S. Equity Index gained 3.16%, and the Absolute Return Event Driven Index shot up 5.10%. 

Broad market benchmarks did even better. The MSCI World Index...

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