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Millennium grows by almost 40% in second half of 2010, 2011 likely to remain favorable to large managers

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Izzy Englander
From Kirsten Bischoff, Opalesque New York:

Asset inflows across the hedge fund industry during 2010 are estimated at $22.6bn (Dow Jones Credit Suisse), with much of that flowing into larger funds.

Investors returning to hedge funds have been a boon for funds like NY/London-based, multi-strategy firm Millennium Management, which ended the year up 13.4% (NY Times) made steady asset gains during 2010, and contributed to much of the industry's $22bn+ recovery. According to one person close to the fund the firm's assets grew by almost 40% from $6.9bn mid year in 2010 to $9.6bn as of the end of January 2011.

Of this $2.7bn gain, $800m flowed into Millennium during December 2010 and $250m in January 2011. The firm has had a focused asset-raising drive underway since 2010, when it hired John Novogratz, who prior to that was at Fortress Investment Group as MD and Head of Capital Formation International in the firm's London offices.

End of quarter/end of year spikes are typical for many hedge funds to experience and with investors continuing to favor large funds, and the firm's 2010 performance surpassing its peers (DJCS Multi Strategy index returned 9.0% in 2010), it is reasonable to believe that Millennium will continue to grow at an impress......................

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