Hedge Funds: Is Bad News Good News?

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BARCLAYS US AGGREGATE BOND INDEX This index tracks US-dollar-denominated investment grade fixed rate bonds. These include US Treasuries, US-government-related, securitized and corporate securities.

S&P 500 TOTAL RETURN INDEX This capitalization-weighted index includes a representative sample of 500 leading companies in leading industries in the US economy. The total return index reflects the effects of dividend reinvestment.


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While the HFRI indices are frequently used, they have limitations (some of which are typical of other widely used indices). These limitations include survivorship bias (the returns of the indices may not be representative of all the hedge funds in the universe because of the tendency of lower performing funds to leave the index); heterogeneity (not all hedge funds are alike or comparable to one another, and the index may not accurately reflect the performance of a described style); and limited data (many hedge funds do not report to indices, and the index may omit funds, the inclusion of which might significantly affect the performance shown. The HFRI indices are based on information self-reported by hedge fund managers that decide on their own, at any time, whether or not they want to provide, or continue to provide, information to HFR Asset Management, L.L.C. Results for funds that go out of business are included in the index until the date that they cease operations. Therefore, these indices may not be complete or accurate representations of the hedge fund universe, and may be biased in several ways.

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