Israeli hedge funds beat benchmark

Globes – Priority Investments Ltd.’s Israeli hedge fund index, Hedge Fund Priority Index (HFPI) fell 0.85% in July, compared with a 4.66% drop by its benchmark, the Tel Aviv 25 Index. However, the Hedge Fund Research Inc. (HFRI) fund weighted composite index fell 2.17% compared with a 0.98% drop by the S&P 500 Index.

During the first half of July, high oil prices continued to trouble the US economy, and weighed down financial stocks, which weakened the dollar against other currencies. The US government bailout of Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNY) and Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE), plus the restrictions placed on short sellers, contributed to gains in the second half of the month.

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