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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund AUM grew substantially to $4.32tn in 2021: hedge fund news, week 03

Saturday, January 22, 2022

In the week ending January 21st 2022, a Preqin study revealed that 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).

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

Investors pulled $19.96 billion from the global hedge fund business in December, bringing full-year 2021 hedge fund AUM growth to +$15.90 billion, according to the just-released eVestment December and Full Year 2021 Hedge Fund Asset Flows report. Overall AUM for the hedge fund business closed out 2021 at $3.633 trillion in a generally strong year for hedge fund performance and AUM growth.

Meanwhile, hedge funds returned 1.4% in December, ensuring the industry recorded a double-digital gain for two consecutive years for the first time in more than a decade. The gain, made as stocks climbed and digital assets sank, saw HFM's Global Composite Index finish 2021 on 10.4% and with a three-year compound ret......................

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