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Hedge fund launches in Europe at lowest level in five years in 2011 and other hedge fund news - Week 15

Saturday, April 14, 2012

In the week-ending 13 April, 2012, Lipper reported that the number of fund launches in Europe had reached its lowest level in five years in 2011; former Millennium traders launched the Japan-focused Terra Grove Japan Fund and the Terra Grove Pan Asian fund; Lyxor A.M. partnered with HAWK Quantitative Strategies to launch the third alternative single manager on its UCITS Platform; and FH International launched a U.S.feeder to its emerging market short term debt fund.

The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index was up +0.04% in March (+4.63% YTD); The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index was down -0.01% (+4.94% YTD); The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.59% in (+4.59% YTD); The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund index fell -0.14% (4.11% YTD); And the Bank of America Merrill Lynch investable hedge fund composite index was up 2.20% ytd.

The performance of the hedge fund industry has been consistently positive in the last three months, according to Morgan Stanley; despite a downturn in March, the hedge fund industry posted positive performance, echoed eVestment; and a study by Novare Investments showed that South African hedge funds had outperformed on both an absolute and relative basis during 2011.

Hedge funds’ assets took in an additional $6.8bn in February, according to BarclayHedge and TrimTabs; GlobeOp Capital Movement Index showed assets advancing 0.53% in April; Andreas Halvorsen of hedge fund Viking raised junior managers’ aggregate credit lines to $7.2bn; Citadel Advisors and Millenn......................

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