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Investors add $5.85bn to hedge funds in July: eVestment

Monday, August 27, 2018

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Global hedge fund flows were positive in July, with investors adding an estimated $5.85bn to funds around the world and bringing overall industry AUM to $3.307tn.

According to July eVestment 2018 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, signs of consolidation continue: 42% of funds reporting to eVestment logged AUM inflows, while 58% had outflows.

eVestment said that this trend shows an acceleration of a consolidation trend that has been ongoing for some time: the prior 30-month average was 49% of funds with inflows and 51% with outflows.

Equity hedge funds were the big winners in July, with inflows of +$7.51bn. This brings YTD inflows to +$9.85bn. Fixed-income/credit funds and commodities funds also saw positive flows last month, while multi-asset funds saw outflows of -$5.78bn in July. Multi-asset funds are now down -$12.60bn for the year.

Acceding to eVestment report, among primary strategies, market neutral equity funds saw strong inflows of +$4.95bn in July, bringing YTD inflows to +$11.92bn. Long/short equity funds also saw positive inflows of +$3.16bn in July, although they still are just barely negative for flows YTD.

Multi-strategy and macro funds were both negative in July, both serving up outflows of more than -$2bn for the month. Multi-strategy funds are the big losers among primary strategies so far YTD, with outflows of -$10.08bn.

Three quarters of emerging markets funds reporting to eVestment faced outflows in July,......................

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