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May 2011 Asset Flow Update

Hedge funds continued to attract capital from investors in April with strong performance adding to gains in total assets under management. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.58%1 through April – a month marked with strong returns among underlying hedge fund strategies. The MSCI World Index was up 1.84%2 during the month.

Total assets under management crossed US$1.81 trillion as investors continued to allocate capital to hedge funds. Updated April figures indicate that managers attracted a massive US$28.33 billion in April – by far the highest inflow since June 2008. This brings the total net flows for the first four months of 2011 to US$93.94 billion, exceeding the 2010 total of US$66.24 billion. Performance-based gains stood at US$23.97 billion for April as most funds delivered good performance on the back of favourable market conditions. March asset flows were also revised upward with gains to the tune of US$23.85 billion.

Figure 1: Summary monthly asset flow data since December 2008

Key highlights for the month of April:

  • Hedge fund assets increased by US$52.3 billion in April with net positive asset flows of US$28.3 billion
  • Total industry assets cross US$1.81 trillion, above September 2008 level
  • Net flows in the first four months now exceed total...

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1 Based on 80.65% of funds which have reported April 2011 returns as at 21 May 2011

2 The MSCI World AC Index All Core – Local Currency