In the week ending 13 December, 2012, Preqin said hedge fund managers attracted some $360bn in fresh assets this year despite lagging performance. Meanwhile BarclayHedge and TrimTabs said hedge fund investors redeemed $2.2bn (0.1% of assets) in October, the second highest this year. According to Nasdaq, the combined assets of ETFs and ETPs have surpassed or are posed to surpass assets invested in hedge funds.
Data compiled by Bloomberg showed that the hedge fund industry is headed for its worst annual performance compared to U.S. stocks since 2005; and AIMA said the decline in hedge funds returns is a sign of changing investor’s sophistication but does not mean the industry is less attractive.
Alp Ercil raised $1.1bn for one of the biggest hedge fund launches in Asia this year; Greg Lippmann’s LibreMax is to start a fund that will invest in private student-loan debt; and Coeli Asset and IMQubator launched the Coeli Macro strategy on dbSelect.
The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted its 11th gain in 13 months and is up 1.03% in November (8.31% YTD);
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.37% (+7.39% YTD);
The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index posted almost1% (+5.8% YTD);