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Global hedge fund AUM at $2.3tn as investors redeem $15.1bn in 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The assets under management (AUM) of the global hedge fund industry stood at $2,316.7bn as of February 2019, up roughly 1.1% year-to-date, in contrast to how the industry lost 6.3% of its assets in 2018.

Final asset flow figures for January showed that hedge fund managers generated performance-based gains totalling $32.8bn, offset by investor redemptions of $6.8bn, said Eurekahedge hedge fund performance commentary.

Following a similar trend, preliminary data for February showed that the industry saw $6.7bn of performance-driven gains, counterbalanced by $8.3bn of net investor outflows, it said.

The global hedge fund industry saw performance growth totalling $39.5bn over the first two months of 2019, supported by the global equity market performance since the beginning of the year.

Despite the positive performance figures, net investor redemptions stood at $15.1bn over the same period.

Quant strategies continued to fall out of investors' favour, with the CTA/managed futures mandate seeing investor redemptions totalling $29.0bn in 2018 and $4.0bn as of February 2019 year-to-date.

The Greater China hedge fund industry's asset currently stands at $28.7bn, marginally up from the $28.0bn figure by the end of 2018. Hedge fund managers focusing on the region were hit particularly hard by the aggressive Fed rate hikes and the US-China trade friction in 2018, as indicated by the $2.3bn of performance based losses recorded during ......................

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