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Hedge fund confidence grows globally

Monday, October 04, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Almost all (99%) of all hedge funds that participated in the Alternative Investment Management Association's (AIMA) Global Hedge Fund Confidence Index are confident in the economic prospects of their business over the coming 12 months.

According to the Index, managers' belief in their prospects continues to grow, up to a score of +20.4 on a -50 to +50 scale), an increase on the second-quarter results.

On a regional basis, three out of the four regions posted higher confidence levels than in Q2. The exception is North America where confidence numbers on average fell by approximately two points to +20.4.

By comparison, UK-based hedge funds report the highest confidence rating versus their regional peers. Confidence levels are underpinned by larger UK based hedge funds who scored the highest on confidence (+22.3) than any other region.

Confidence levels among APAC-based hedge funds continue to be encouraging with the region marking its third consecutive increase with funds in the region scoring +19.5.

"After a protracted period of fairly modest performance across the hedge fund industry compared to major indices, the past year has witnessed increasing levels of confidence," said the report.

The report said that prospects for the hedge fund industry are as strong as they have been in over a decade. Year-to-date, hedge funds on average are posting double-digit returns net of fees with the mood across the industry ......................

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