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Hedge fund inflows hit another record: 9-month high of $21.5bn in August

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge fund (excluding CTAs) inflows climbed to $21.5 billion (0.7% of assets) in August, reversing redemptions of $1.0 billion (-0.03% of assets) in July.

According to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator, Hedge funds enjoyed their strongest demand in nine months in August as investors brushed off a global equities selloff.

Industry assets rose to an all-time high of $3.07 trillion for the month, data drawn from more than 5,000 hedge funds in the BarclayHedge database estimated.

Investors bought hedge funds in August despite declines in global equities markets and continuing trade disputes, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator, a monthly big-picture report on the health of the alternative investments industry, it said.

A press release from BarclayHedge quoted its founder and president Sol Waksman saying: "Heavy buying of hedge funds in August accompanied encouraging fundamentals in the U.S., where economic growth kept marching upward. The picture was less positive worldwide, however, as equity indexes sold off in Europe, Asia and the Emerging Markets in August amid trade anxieties and worrisome developments in Turkey's currency and Italy's government debt."

He noted that strong August inflows marked a significant departure from the first seven months of 2018, when hedge fund inflows averaged $2.9 billion (0.1% of assets).

Fixed-income hedge funds lead the inflows

At the sector level, fixed-income hedge......................

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