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Investors allocated over $10bn to hedge funds in January

Monday, February 28, 2022
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors allocated just over $10bn to hedge funds in January, marking a turnaround from the past two months, which witnessed the industry experiencing two consecutive months of outflows. The investor inflow was achieved despite the negative performance of hedge funds, as the HFM Global Composite returned -1.4% in January amid a tough month for global equities.

The HFM Global Composite returned -1.4% in January amid a tough month for global equities. The hedge fund industry has attracted over $10bn in net inflows YTD, but less than half of funds have had net inflows. Multi-strategy ($6.4bn), fixed income/credit ($3.6bn) and event driven ($3.1bn) strategies combined for a $13.1bn inflow in January.

Six of the seven top level strategies attracted inflows in January, with multi-strategy funds attracting the largest inflow of $6.4bn, which extended their streak of consecutive monthly positive flows to four months. At the other end of the spectrum, L/S equity strategies experienced outflows of $8.3bn.

Managed futures and relative value arbitrage funds have both managed to attract inflows in January after their four-month positive streak was broken in December. 38% of fixed income/credit funds have had net inflows YTD, suggesting their $3.6bn inflow has been into a few larger funds.

North America accounted for $11.5bn of inflow in January and Europe $0.3bn, while Asia-Pacific posted an outflow of $1.4bn. .

2021 was a volatile year, with December's $30.6bn outflow the largest of its five negative months. The hedge fund industry had a promising start to 2022 with January's $10.3bn inflow almost half the $22.6bn inflow for the whole of 2021.

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