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Investors add $20.3bn to hedge fund investments in February, making 2013 positive for inflows overall

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund investor flows were positive again in February. After a somewhat sluggish start, the spike in February flows has created a pattern very similar to the first two months of 2012. Investors added an estimated $20.3bn in net new capital in February, while performance accounted for a decline of $12.1bn, according to the most recent asset flow data from eVestment.

Among various strategies, credit remains an area of elevated interest with nearly $8bn of new flows during the month, and over $15bn year-to-date. According to the data, investors are likely to remain interested in direct investments into credit funds as a means of diversifying away from equity exposures. Equity-focused funds saw slight inflows during the month, taking in a net $1.4bn, but flows remain negative for the year.

Macro strategies continued to gain assets, after a brief pause to begin the year. An estimated $6.6bn flowed into the group during February with the vast majority concentrated among the strategy’s largest firms. Event driven funds may start to break out, even those focused on equities, as the data shows an increase in expectations for more merger activity as corporate balance sheets remain cash heavy.

The divergence between macro fund flows and managed futures has continued into February. In the first two months of the year the two strategies have seen a net flow differential of over $16bn, mat......................

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