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Investors pull $14.7bn from hedge funds in September turning YTD net inflows to flat

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Investors removed an estimated $14.7 billion from hedge funds in September pushing Q3 net flows into negative territory, according to the September 2018 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report.

An estimated $5.71 billion left the industry in Q3. Year-to-date net flows are essentially now flat with a very slight net $70 million inflow, the Industry tracker's report noted.

Total industry assets sit at $3.3 trillion, it added. Among primary strategies event-driven funds were a bright spot, with asset flows of $1.7 billion in September and $4.1 billion for Q3, according to the eVestment's aggregated hedge fund flows data.

Event Driven funds, however, are still negative for the year, with year-to-date (YTD) flows at -$1.42 billion.

Three other primary strategies - Market Neutral Equity, Convertible Arbitrage and MBS Strategies funds - were in the green for asset flows in September, although just barely. Market Neutral Equity saw the most flows among the three at +$300 million.

Long/Short Equity saw the biggest outflows among primary hedge fund strategies in September at -$3.17 billion. Managed Futures and Direction Credit funds saw big outflows as well, with both seeing negative flows of more than -$2.90 billion in September.

Among fund domiciles, Asia-based funds were the winners in asset flows in September, with flows of +$690 million. Funds based in Europe saw outflows of -$4.85 billion in September and funds based......................

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