NEW YORK (HedgeWorld.com)–Equity long/short managers in the Dow Jones Hedge Fund Indexes took it on the chin in what turned out to be a tough month for markets in general.
The strategy, which as of April was the index’s top performer year-to-date, decreased by 3.53% in May, slashing its year-to-date performance to 3.76%–still in positive territory. At the end of April, equity long/short was up 7.55% year-to-date.
Faring somewhat better were the other two losing strategies, event-driven and merger arbitrage, which declined 0.51% and 0.48%, respectively. Event-driven managers remain on good footing year-to-date, up 4.98%, while merger arbitrage is still up 3.98%.
The strongest-performing strategy in May was distressed securities, which doubled its April results to pull in a 2.05% gain and boost its year-to-date return to 7.26%, making it the new leader among the Dow Jones-tracked categories.