NEW YORK (HedgeWorld.com)–Hedge funds were up 0.08% in July, according to Credit Suisse First Boston Tremont* Index LLC’s CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index.
That’s not to say that it was a triumphant month for most hedge fund managers, as five of the 10 hedge fund style categories had negative returns for the month. Still, most managers remained positive for the year, with only dedicated short-bias managers taking a big hit falling 21.14% for the year through July 31.
Distressed managers did the best for the month, up 1.14%. The strategy is also the leading performer for the year returning 15.41% through July 31. Overall, the event-driven sector, which includes distressed, lead the way in returns during July, with a positive 0.95% return. Other event-driven strategies such as event-driven multi-strategy and risk arbitrage did well, too, returning 0.81% and 0.48% respectively for the month.
Equity market neutral managers also reported positive performance of 0.68% for the month and were up 3.87% for the year through July. And while emerging markets had only slightly lower performance for the month (up 0.56%), those managers are up 13.68% and are the second best performing strategy for the year-to-date.
Multi-strategy managers and long/short equity managers had similar performance of only faintly positive numbers of 0.34% and 0.27%, respectively for the month. For the year to date, multi-strategy funds still had better performance returning 7.51% vs. long/short equity funds gain of 7.48%.