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Hedge fund assets rise three consecutive quarters to a record $3.07tln

Friday, April 21, 2017

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge fund assets reached $3.07 trillion in the first quarter of 2017 as the industry sustained its expansion to a third consecutive quarterly record as investors increased allocations to event driven and quantitative, trend-following systematic macro strategies, data provider Hedge Fund Research said in its HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report.

"Hedge fund capital increased to an impressive third consecutive quarterly record, extending the recent growth trajectory and following the most challenging year of capital withdrawals since post-Financial crisis in 2009," stated Kenneth J. Heinz, president of HFR.

Industry assets ended 1Q17 up $47.2 billion (+1.6%) from the previous quarter. During the trailing 12 months, total hedge fund capital has increased by 7.3%.

The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) rose 2.4% in 1Q17 led by Equity Hedge strategies, while the HFRI Asset Weighted Composite Index gained 1.9 percent. The HFRI FWC ended March 2017 with an Index Value of 13,258, representing the fourth consecutive monthly record.

Heinz added, "Sophisticated investors continue to strategically position for market trends that drive hedge fund performance, including oscillating patterns of optimism and reversals of the Trump, Yellen, Brexit, and Euro trades, with each of these impacted by the increased possibility of......................

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