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Global hedge funds 2021 AUM up +8.1% on 2020 growing $4.32tn

Monday, January 17, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds assets under management (AUM) passed the $4tn mark at the end of Q1 2021 and grew substantially to $4.32tn as of September 2021. Strong inflows and a spirited performance drove an +8.1% increase in AUM in 2021 relative to the end of 2020 ($3.99tn), said Preqin.

The 2022 Global Hedge Fund Report revealed that an additional $41bn was invested in hedge funds as of Sep 2021, and the asset class experienced positive inflows in the first three quarters. This was on top of the +$18.8bn investors had committed to hedge funds in the second half of 2020.

The report also revealed that returns across the asset class were up 11.43% (as of September 2021, +15.52% annualized) and all top and sub-strategies finished the year with positive results. Event-driven funds topped the leaderboard, recording returns of +17.53%, ahead of equities at +14.85%.

"2021 was another extraordinary year for hedge funds. The COVID-19 pandemic turned the spotlight back on to an asset class that thrives on volatility and aims to protect investors under market stress," Preqin said.

During 2020, hedge funds delivered on this promise, mitigating losses as stock markets plunged, and rebounding fast as markets recovered. In 2021, high levels of volatility and dispersion, compounded by the divergence in recovery between countries, created market conditions in which hedge funds could shine. Returns will likely normalize in 2022, but the industry is nevertheless......................

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