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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds shrink as liquidations outpace new launches in Q1: hedge fund news, week 27

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In the week ending 17 May, 2016, HFR said hedge fund liquidations declined narrowly to begin 2016 after rising sharply to conclude 2015, as investors positioned for macroeconomic volatility in 2Q16, including Brexit and possible interest rate increases by the US Federal Reserve.

The number of liquidations dropped to 291 in 1Q16, falling from 305 closures in the prior quarter but still representing a sharp year-over-year increase from the 217 liquidations in 1Q15.

The report added that new hedge fund launches totaled 206 in the first quarter, up from 183 the prior quarter, but a decline from the 264 new funds that began in 1Q 2015. In the trailing 12 months, 910 funds have launched while 1,053 have liquidated. At the end of 1Q 2016, the total number of active single-manager hedge funds was 8,430, down from the 3Q 2015 record of 8,566; total capital under management fell to $2.86tln over the same period. European-located management firms led in both fund launches and liquidations, accounting for 120 launches and 187 liquidations in 1Q16.

A joint study by Eurekahedge and AIMA has found that only 16% of respondents consider Abenomics a success - down from 72% in 2015; a study by Invesco Global has found that sovereign investor confidence is still stable and maintain to pursue long-term investment goals; and another study by AMG Funds have concluded that affluent millenials are interested in investing in alternatives but struggle for information.

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