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Investors shift $14bn to Event Driven, Asia and Emerging Markets hedge funds

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Investors redeemed an estimated $1.36bn from hedge funds in April 2019, bringing YTD flows to a negative $18.15bn, according to eVestment's April 2019 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Meanwhile, strong hedge fund performance was additive to industry assets in April, putting overall industry assets at $3.288tn, the report said.

On the positive side, investors around the world have been demonstrating strong appetite for Event Driven, Asia and Emerging Markets hedge funds, moving almost $14bn year-to-date (YTD) into these funds. When further broken down, Event Driven funds pulled in +$2.84bn in April, bringing YTD flows to +$5.19bn. Asia- and Emerging Markets-focused funds saw more modest flows of +$1.24bn and +$920m in inflows, but YTD both are above +$4bn in flows.

Emerging Markets Continue to See Targeted Inflows

April was positive for EM strategies with flows again targeted to China.

As EM hedge funds as a universe were receiving net inflows in Q1, allocations were not widespread across the group. This theme continued into April, the result being that it appears like EM strategies are in high demand, but the data shows only 26% of reporting managers have had inflows YTD.

The bulk of the assets have gone to China-focused funds, with preferences toward fixed income strategies.

Meanwhile, European managers continue to see assets leave in 2019. First, this is not a universal issue in Europe.

There are manager......................

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