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Female Hedge Fund Managers Do it Better - Survey

Women hedge fund managers have outperformed their male rivals, on average, for the second year in a row, according to professional services firm Rothstein Kass which tracks the industry.

From January 1, 2013, through the end of November, the small number of hedge funds around the world run by women returned 9.8 percent while the HFRX Global Hedge Fund index was up only 6.13 percent, Rothstein Kass said on Wednesday, citing its own index of female-run hedge funds.

Meredith Jones, a director at Rothstein Kass, said the comparison could feed speculation that women are better investors.

The numbers are even more eye-popping for the six years from January 2007 through June 2013. Hedge funds run by women returned 6 percent compared with a 1.1 percent loss at the HFRX Global Fund Index. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 4.2 percent during the same time.

The comparisons were derived from Rothstein Kass's Women in Atlernative Investments Index, which includes some 80 of the world's roughly 125 women-run hedge funds.