Hedge funds posted positive returns in March amid mixed returns in global markets. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.69%1 during the month as some risk aversion returned to the markets due to developments in Europe. Comparatively the MSCI World Index gained 1.76%2 during the month.
Total assets under management (AUM) increased by US$9.2 billion during the month, bringing the size of the industry to US$1.83 trillion. Performance-based growth accounted for most of this increase as managers posted gains of US$7 billion over the course of the month. The industry also attracted capital from investors for the third consecutive month with positive net asset flows of US$2.2 billion.