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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds AUM, up $300bn in Q4 2020, reaches all time high: hedge fund news, week 10

Monday, March 08, 2021

In the week ending March 05th, 2021, data provider Preqin said that hedge funds assets under management (AUM) grew to just shy of $4tn in Q4 2020, mainly driven by performance. AUM rose $299bn from the end of Q3, marking 9.3% growth since the end of 2019 and reaching an all-time high of $3,995bn.

Hedge funds also started 2021 strongly outperforming the global equity market amidst the turbulence in retail trading resulting in a risk-off environment, said Eurekahedge. Hedge fund managers returned 1.00% in January 2021, outperforming the global equity market as measured by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which returned 0.11%.

Meawhile, a sharp spike in bond yields last week caught some hedge funds unaware, and saw macro and long-short funds in general give back February profits to end the month modestly up, several market participants said.

In new launches, the global early-stage venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners announced the close of two new funds totaling $3.3 billion, money that it will be used to back early-stage startups as well as growth rounds for more mature companies; European life sciences venture capital f......................

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