The best performing hedge fund sectors for YTD (through June 30, 2009):
#1. Latin America (LATAM) +26.05%
#2. Convertible Arbitrage +21.48%
#3. Distressed +17.16%
#4. Multiple Arbitrage +16.20%
Source: Hennessee Group
Interestingly, only the top 3 hedge fund strategies above even beat the NASDAQ's 16.36% return YTD.
Overall, the index is up 11.74% through the first half of the year, beating all the major US equity indeces, except for the NASDAQ.