This page of the guide focuses on hedge funds. On the left side of the page we show the relative performance of macro hedge funds to the broader hedge fund universe (grey) and the VIX (blue). Historically, as volatility has risen, macro hedge funds have outperformed the broader hedge fund complex. On the top right side of the page we compare the returns on the HFRI fund-weighted composite index to returns on the S&P 500 in up and down markets for equities over the past 15 years. On the bottom right, we show returns from the HFRI index as well as the Barclays U.S. Agg. over the past 15 years. The bottom line is that while manager selection is crucial, in general, hedge funds have provided investors with a lower volatility approach to equities, as well as fixed income-like returns without the same interest rate risk. This can help diminish overall portfolio volatility, and keep investors on track to accomplish their long-term goals.