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Eurekahedge says hedge funds gained 6.19% in 2012, assets at $1.78tln

Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Opalesque Industry Update - 2012 finished up on a positive note with hedge funds posting substantial gains across all regional and strategic mandates in December. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.46%, bringing its year-to-date return to 6.19%. The capital-weighted Mizuho-Eurekahedge Top100 Index, which tracks the assets and performance of the largest 100 hedge funds, gained 5.82% in 2012.

Key takeaways for the month of December 2012:

  • The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.46% in December and up 6.19% in 2012
  • Distressed debt funds continued to be the year's best performing strategy with gains of 1.61% in December and 12.87% year-to-date
  • Total asset flows for the year stood at US$69 billion, taking the size of the industry to US$1.78 trillion
  • North American hedge funds attracted the most assets out of all regions in 2012 with inflows of US$56 billion, 5% growth. Relative value mandated funds witnessed the largest percentage increase in AUM year on year - US$11 billion, or up 23% in 2012
  • 821 funds were launched in 2012 with 778 closures as compared with 1139 launches and 841 closures in 2011
  • In 2012, 1664 hedge funds reported annual returns above 10% and 555 hedge funds with an annual return above 20%
  • Latin American (10.30%) and Eastern European & Russian (7.95%) funds were 2 of the regional mandates that outperformed equity markets

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