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Emerging markets hedge fund capital rose by $9.3bn in 2016 despite net investor outflows

Friday, February 24, 2017

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Emerging markets hedge fund assets climbed to a record $200.7bn to begin 2017 on a strong note because of strong capital inflows in the last quarter of last year, reported the latest HFR Emerging Markets Hedge Fund Industry Report released by Hedge Fund Research.

For the fiscal year 2016, emerging markets (EM) hedge fund capital rose by $9.3bn, despite net investor outflows of $4.8bn. The total hedge fund assets globally increased by $121.6bn in 2016, ending the year at $3.02tln, also representing the second consecutive quarterly record for industry capital.

"Expectations for trade and immigration policy adjustment accelerated to begin 2017 as hedge fund capital invested in Emerging markets set a second consecutive quarterly record and surpassed the $200 billion milestone for the first time," stated Kenneth J. Heinz, President of HFR.

Latin America, Russia lead hedge funds gains

Led by hedge funds investing in Latin America and Russia, EM posted gains in 10 of the past 11 months through January 2017, recovering from sharp declines in early 2016. The HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index gained +3.2% in January, following a +7.0% gain in 2016. The HFRI EM: Latin America Index surged +5.6% in January, extending the industry-leading gain of +27.2 percent from 2016. Strong gains for the Index follow three......................

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