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Rising Stocks Boost Hedge Fund Returns 1.93% in November

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, December 7, 2005 – Thanks in large part to a global surge in stock prices, hedge funds gained 1.93 percent in November, according to The Barclay Group.

“Rising stock markets were the ‘wind behind the sails’ for equity-based hedge fund strategies which, by assets under management, comprise the largest sector of the hedge fund universe,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.

Stock prices rose in the U.S., Europe and Japan, as well as in emerging markets across Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Barclay’s Emerging Markets Index, up 18.21 percent year-to-date, put in an excellent showing in November, gaining 4.14 percent,” says Waksman.

Overall, the Barclay/GHS Hedge Fund Index gained 1.93 percent in November, and is up 8.36 percent for the year.

“In spite of disappointing results in October, robust returns in November may have put hedge funds back on track for double-digit returns by year-end,” says Waksman.”

All but 2 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices showed gains in November. In addition to Emerging Markets, the Technology Index rose 3.78 percent, Equity Long Bias gained 2.83 percent, and the Healthcare and Biotechnology Index was up 2.75 percent. Equity Short Bias was the main loser, dropping 3.84 percent.

Click here to view nine years of Barclay/GHS Hedge Fund Index data.

The Barclay Group, founded in 1985, actively tracks more than 5,100 hedge funds and managed futures programs. Barclay’s indices are utilized worldwide as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.

For more commentary, call Sol Waksman at 641-472-3456 or email