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Hedge fund assets surpass $4tn

Friday, January 21, 2022

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Total hedge fund industry capital rose to surpass the $4 trillion milestone to begin 2022, according to the latest asset flows data from HFR.

Total hedge fund capital rose increased to an estimated $4.01 trillion to begin 2022, representing an increase of over $400 billion from the start of 2021. As reported previously, total hedge fund industry capital has soared by over $1 trillion in the trailing seven quarters since falling below $3 trillion in 1Q20 as the global pandemic began.

The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) posted a gain of +0.5 percent for 4Q21, bringing the FY 2021 performance to +10.3 percent. The 2021 gain trails only the prior two years as the strongest years of performance since 2009. The investable HFRI 500 Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +9.9 percent for the full-year 2021.

Event-Driven (ED) strategies extended asset increases through year end, with capital rising over $155 billion in FY 2021 to surpass $1.115 trillion, trailing only Equity Hedge as the largest strategy area of capital. The investable HFRI 500 Event-Driven Index rose +2.1 percent in 4Q and +14.5 percent for 2021, the leading area of strategy performance; ED sub-strategy performance was led by the HFRI 500 ED: Activist Index which surged +20.3 percent in 2021.

Total capital invested in Equity Hedge (EH) strategies experienced an increase of over $133 billion for 2021, bringing total EH capital to a record $1.227 trillion to ......................

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