Final asset flow figures for January revealed that managers incurred performance-based losses of US$4.5 billion while recording net asset outflows of US$1.7 billion as hedge funds got off to a rough start in 2014. Preliminary data for February shows that managers have posted performance-based gains of US$14.8 billion while net asset inflows stand at US$11.0 billion, bringing the current assets under management (AUM) of the industry to US$2.03 trillion – the highest level on record.
Figure 1: Summary monthly asset flow data since January 2011
Key highlights for February 2014:
- Hedge funds posted their best performance in the last 12 months, up 1.79% with fund managers delivering performance-based gains of US$15 billion and recording net asset inflows of US$11 billion during the month, bringing the current AUM of the global hedge fund industry to US$2.03 trillion - a new record high.
- Long/short equities hedge funds recorded their 15th consecutive month of positive net asset flows, with net capital allocations to the strategy for 2014 standing at US$19.0 billion.
- Trend following strategies posted their ninth consecutive month of net asset outflows in February, and saw redemptions worth US$12.7 billion over this period.
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1Based on 49.23% of funds which have reported February 2014 returns as at 13 March 2014
2 MSCI AC World Index (Local)