Tue, Oct 25, 2016
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Hedge fund industry posts 4th worst performance quarter in history, reducing assets to $1.97tln says HFR

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds posted the fourth worst quarterly performance in industry history in 3Q11, as a combination of uncertainty regarding the European sovereign debt crisis and weakening economic data contributed to volatility across equity, credit, commodities and currencies. These performance declines reduced total hedge fund industry capital by $85 billion, according to today’s release of the HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report: 3Q11. The asset decline ends two consecutive quarters in which total capital under management eclipsed new record levels, and brings total hedge fund industry AUM to $1.97 trillion. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declined by -6.2 percent for the quarter, wiping out a small 1H11 gain and bringing year to date (YTD) performance for the broad based composite to a decline -5.4 percent.

Despite performance based declines, investors continued to allocate new capital to the hedge fund industry, with 3Q net inflows totaling $8.7 billion. This marks the ninth consecutive quarter in which the industry has experienced net inflows from investors and brings the YTD inflow total to $70.1 billion. Investors exhibited preferences for certain strategies, allocating $8.5 billion of new capital to Relative Value Arbitrage funds, bringing YTD inflows in Relative Value to over $30 billion. Macro funds experienced a net outflow of $3 billion, despite posting a narrow performance gain of +0.6 percent in 3Q. However, Macro has been in favor with investors throughout 2011, with nearly $20 billion of inflows YTD. In contrast, Equity Hedge funds, which comprise nearly thirty percent of all industry capital, experienced $2.7 billion in net inflows for the quarter, despite posting a performance decline of -10.4 percent. Credit-sensitive Event Driven (ED) funds, which declined by -7.3 percent in the quarter, experienced a net inflow of less than $500 million; ED funds have received less than $10 billion in new capital in the first three quarters of 2011, the lowest by strategy area.

In total, 61 percent of all hedge funds experienced outflows for the quarter, while 39 percent experienced inflows. Of these, approximately 20 funds experienced inflows of greater than $500 million in 3Q, while nearly 25 funds experienced outflows of greater than $500 million.

“The third quarter presented an extremely challenging performance environment, with asset volatility in many respects on par with financial crises in 2008 and 1998,” said Kenneth J. Heinz, President of HFR. “However, as investor risk aversion increased across all asset classes, hedge fund investors have maintained a critical but forward-looking disposition, reinforcing their commitments to preferred strategy areas and core funds, and positioning their allocations to benefit from opportunities created by current dislocations and volatility.”

(press release)

HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.) is the global leader in the alternative investment industry. Established in 1992, HFR specializes in the areas of indexation and analysis of hedge funds. HFR Database, the most comprehensive resource available for hedge fund investors, includes fund-level detail on historical performance and assets, as well as firm characteristics on both the broadest and most influential hedge fund managers. www.hedgefundresearch.com


What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. M&A - U.S. hedge fund HarbourVest is shock winner in the £1.1bn SVG Capital takeover saga, Hedge fund Parvus shows hand, toppling William Hill merger deal[more]

    U.S. hedge fund HarbourVest is shock winner in the £1.1bn SVG Capital takeover saga From Thisismoney.co.uk: The fierce battle to buy Britain's biggest private equity group has come to an unexpected conclusion, with the original bidder walking away with the prize. SVG Capital has agreed

  2. Marc Lasry: Energy is still a phenomenal opportunity[more]

    From CNBC.com: Distressed debt specialist Marc Lasry said energy debt is still a "phenomenal opportunity" because investors can get "massively overpaid" for the risk they take on. There are "huge opportunities" in the energy sector especially in restructurings, the Avenue Capital Group CEO said Tues

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Ex-SAC manager re-emerges with market neutral hedge fund[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: A manager re-emerged from the SAC battleground last year to launch his own hedge fund under the umbrella of New York-based investment firm Endicott Group.

  4. North America - Hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass says the U.S. is on track for stagflation, Billionaire hedge fund titans Dinan, Lasry on election, markets and best investment ideas[more]

    Hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass says the U.S. is on track for stagflation From Marketwatch.com: Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management, on Wednesday warned that the U.S. is headed toward so-called stagflation. Stagflation is typically described as persistently high inflation and hi

  5. David Einhorn speaks on passive investing, Mylan, his cheapest stock, the Fed[more]

    From Forbes.com: Greenlight Capital hedge fund manager David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) joined nine other famed investors on Tuesday to talk about stocks at the annual Great Investors’ Best Ideas Investment Symposium in Dallas. Presenters at the annual conference typically pitch one or severa