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Brevan Howard gains top spot in European hedge fund rankings

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Europe’s hedge funds are uniquely dynamic according to the latest Europe’s Top 50 survey of Europe's hedge funds ranked by assets under management, from the Hedge Fund Journal and Newedge Alternative Investment Solutions.

While the popular theory is that large hedge funds tend to hog the in-flows of assets and just get bigger, this study reveals that the composition of the top 50 European asset managers by funds under management is not constant year on year.

Five managers in the 2012 Europe 50 failed to make the 2013 ranking, with one of them shutting down, and there were six new names in this list for 2013. The authors comment that with only 39 or the 50 in both years’ surveys, is there any other industry where less than 80% of the top 50 players stay the same from one year to the next?

Beyond the five ejections, 16 funds from the 2012 survey experienced absolute declines in assets. And if you calculate in the fact that many had positive performance, net outflows must have been even bigger than the drop in assets. The authors write: "In several cases it seems that managers of latterly unfashionable strategies – such as emerging markets, CTAs, and event-driven – have seen big outflows, even though many of them not only outperformed peers b......................

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