NEW YORK (HedgeWorld.com)–The MSCI Hedge Fund Index returned negative 1.1% in April, dragging year-to-date returns through April down to 2.3%, based on preliminary results.
The performance numbers for April are compiled with 62% of funds in the index reporting. March’s MSCI Hedge Fund Index final returns were 0.4%, after MSCI reported preliminary returns of 0.2%.
The MSCI index April performance was hurt by funds in the MSCI Directional Trading Index, which returned negative 4.1%. That index, which includes futures, global macro, and tactical asset allocation funds, returned 0.6% in the year-to-date period. Final returns for March in the Directional Trading index were 0.3%, an upward revision from preliminary returns of negative 0.1%.
The best performing MSCI subindex in April was the MSCI Specialist Credit Index, which returned 1% and is up a strong 4.4% year-to-date through April. That index includes distressed securities funds, long/short credit funds and private placement funds. For March, the Specialist Credit Index returned 0.3%, following preliminary results of 0.2%.
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The MSCI Relative Value Index, composed of general arbitrage, merger arbitrage and statistical arbitrage funds, was flat with a return of 0% in April, keeping its year-to-date return at 1.6%. March’s results for that index were revised a hair upward to 0.3% from a preliminary 0.2%.
Event-driven and multi-process hedge funds, which comprise the MSCI Multi-Process Group Index, returned negative 0.8% in April and were up 3% during the first four months of the year. The Multi-Process index returned 0.5% in March, down from preliminary returns of 0.7%.