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Hedge funds report significant inflows for January

Friday, March 13, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Investors allocated an estimated $10.38 billion to hedge funds to begin 2020, said eVestment.

According to the report, the inflow was significant in terms of size for January, and the breadth of products receiving assets. Total industry AUM rose to an estimated $3.31 trillion.

The average monthly win-rate (the proportion of funds gaining new assets) for the industry has been near 47% since January 2016.

In January 2020, the industry win-rate was over 52%, a level surpassed only one other time in the prior sixteen months.

Additionally, an above-average proportion of products, both large and broadly by size, saw inflows that were greater than 5% of AUM. The bottom line is the magnitude and breadth of allocations was solid to begin 2020.

While the overall breadth of allocations was strong to begin the year, there was far broader interest in fixed income/credit strategies than equity, even though their net flows were similar.

Credit strategies had a 63% win-rate in January, while equity strategies had only 48% of products with inflows. The implication being that flows into credit was widespread, while flows into equity were more targeted among a smaller group of funds.

Typically, January has not been a major inflow month. In four of the five prior Januaries, the industry experienced net outflows. Before that, from 2010-2014 (a time during which every January was positive and the average annual flow for the industry was ......................

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