Hedge funds lost an average of 18.4% in 2008, according to early projections by the Hennessee Group. However, given that the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index declined 37% in 2008, hedge funds “significantly outperformed equity benchmarks on a relative basis,” said Hennessee Managing Principal Lee Hennessee.

“While not an attractive absolute return, many investors are thankful to have hedge fund allocations this year,” Hennessee added.

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