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Hedge fund count declines to 9,925 but capital reaches record $2.979tln

Friday, December 16, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge fund launches declined in the third quarter, as funds again posted steady gains following the Brexit vote and leading into the surprise U.S. presidential election results, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released by Hedge Fund Research . New launches totaled 170 in 3Q 2016, down from 200 in the prior quarter and 269 in 3Q15.

"The total number of hedge funds has declined from its peak in 3Q 2015, even as industry capital has risen to record levels, with a large component of the recent consolidation occurring within the fund of hedge funds (FOF) space. Over the last year, as total industry capital increased by +3.4%, the number of single-manager hedge funds declined -2.5%, while the number of FOF’s fell by -6.6%," stated Kenneth J. Heinz, President of HFR.

The number of launches in 3Q16 represents lowest since 1Q09 and marks the fourth consecutive quarter of net contraction in the overall number of active funds. A total of 576 funds have launched in the first three quarters of 2016, a decline of over 200 from the 785 launches over the same period last year.

Hedge fund liquidations also increased in 3Q16, rising to 252 from 239 in the prior quarter, though nearly identical to the number of funds closed in 3Q15, when 257 funds liquidated. Through the first three quarters of 2016, liquidations totaled......................

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