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Opalesque Roundup: Strong returns push hedge fund assets to new highs while some replicator ETFs halved: hedge fund news, week 42

Saturday, October 22, 2016

In the week ending 22 October, 2016, strong returns have pushed hedge fund assets to a record level in 3Q16, reaching $2.972tln despite $51.5bn withdrawals. MarketWatch reported that also so-called hedge-fund replicator ETFs are however losing favor. Not only have they underperformed the broader market, even before their hefty fees are taken into account, but investors have been pulling out of the category. In some cases, ETFs have seen more than half of their assets withdrawn in 2016.

Bryan Johnson examines the reasons why 89% of all hedge fund managers never get over $100m in assets under management. Goldman Sachs reported $1.347tln in assets under supervision for its Goldman Sachs Asset Management and wealth management businesses as of Sept. 30; BlackRock has been mandated by Pensioenfonds ING as one of two asset managers to manage nearly 20bn euros. Embattled Platinum Partners has filed for bankruptcy protection.

A study by Preqin showed that there were 144 hedge funds launched in Q3 2016 - compared to 269 in Q2, and 317 in Q3 2015; Eurekahedge said that the number of hedge fund launches in Asia entered its slowest pace, with only 27 new launches from January to September this year; Credit Suisse is starting two hedge funds focused on quantitative strategies to build the bank’s asset management unit; Tom Kier has started a hedge ......................

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