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Hedge funds show strong performance of 2.52% so far in 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The hedge fund industry got off to a strong start in 2015 "completely unmindful" of the poor performance last year, according to data provider Preqin.

According to Preqin, following a year which saw the average hedge fund deliver returns of 3.78%, hedge fund managers have already returned 2.52% on average two months into the year. Given that performance was named as the key concern in the industry in 2015 by investors in a Preqin survey at the end of 2014, managers will have been keen to deliver strong performance early in the year. The challenge, and opportunity, still remains for hedge funds to continue this performance, particularly amidst strong equity markets and turbulent commodity markets.

Amy Bensted, head of Hedge Fund Products at Preqin, commented, "Hedge fund managers have delivered a welcome boost to performance last month. The average hedge fund has returned 2.49% through February, following the worst year for hedge fund performance since 2011. Investors came into 2015 concerned with the average returns they had received on their hedge fund investments last year. Following some high profile institutional exits from hedge fund investment in 2015, the value of hedge funds within institutional portfolios has been increasingly scrutinized."

Other key hedge fund performance stats:

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