Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s February edition of its Hedge Fund Spotlight shows that 2013 has seen further positive performance for funds of hedge funds, with these vehicles generating returns of 2.10% in January 2013. |
In 2012, funds of hedge funds generated returns of 4.63%, with those in the top performance quartile posting net returns in excess of 7%, and the most successful vehicle making gains of more than 24%. Despite this improvement, returns for funds of hedge funds remain low over the longer term, with the annualized returns of funds of hedge funds over the last three and five years standing at 1.79% and -0.25% respectively.
There has also been a significant decline in the total assets under management of fund of hedge funds managers from a peak of an aggregate $1.2tn in 2008 to a total of $810bn as of February 2013. However, funds of hedge funds manage a significant 35% of the hedge fund industry’s total assets under management, which stood at $2.3tn as of December 2012. Other Key Facts:
Amy Bensted, Head of Hedge Fund Products said: “Despite difficulty in recent years, Preqin’s performance benchmarks indicate that funds of hedge funds have made a promising start to 2013, posting 2.10% in January. This represents the sixth positive return in the last seven months and the best single month in more than two years. This is an encouraging start to 2013 for institutional investors, which have cited strong performance as a key requirement which needs to be met in the year ahead. In addition to this strong start to the year, 44% of all investors planning to make new investments over the next 12 months are including a fund of hedge funds element as part of their search. More than half (52%) of all investors looking to make new investments in funds of hedge funds over the next 12 months are pension funds, with their large ticket sizes and long-term investment horizons. However, 35% of current fund of hedge funds investors plan to reduce their exposure to multi-manager vehicles over the next 12 months, a concern for fund of hedge funds managers.”