Bank of America: Hedge-Funds Up 0.17%

Hedge funds were up 0.17% month-to-date as of August 29, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch investable hedge fund composite index.

The best-performing strategies were event-driven and equity long/short, up 0.87% and 0.76%, respectively during the monitored period. CTAs trailed the pack, according to the latest BofAML Hedge Fund Monitor, losing 1.44%.

Analyst Mary Ann Bartels says their models show market neutral funds sold market exposure to a negative 0.5% net short from 0.4% net long, while equity long/short funds sold market exposure to 19% from 24% net long. Macros bought the S&P 500 to a net long for the first time since June, covering their shorts in the NASDAQ 100, 10-year Treasuries and commodities while selling U.S. dollars, EM and EAFE. Macros also maintained their preference for large-caps.

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