The Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index is up 1.24% in March and up 3.34% for the first quarter of 2007 according to Oliver Schupp, President of the Credit Suisse Index Co., Inc.
“Despite getting off to a rocky start, global equity markets managed to recoup losses in the beginning of March and ended the month on a positive note. Markets were affected by remarks made by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, that inflation is "uncomfortably high" promoting speculation that the U.S. central bank won't reduce interest rates to prop up the slowing economy, a weakening consumer confidence, and a growing housing slump,” said Mr. Schupp.
“Overall, this market environment has led to the estimation that eight of the ten hedge fund sectors will end March on a positive note. Long/Short Equity managers, in particular, were up 1.87% in March as industry themes and ongoing M&A activity provided stock specific opportunities, while superior stock selection paid off.” Performance for the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index and its ten sub strategies is calculated monthly.
The Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index is comprised of 432 funds as of March 31, 2007. The Index is constructed using the Credit Suisse/Tremont database of more than 4,500 hedge funds. It includes both open and closed funds located in the U.S. and offshore, but does not include fund of funds.