Hedge funds hit record high AUM… hedge fund make worst start to a year since 2008…

By Hans.Schlaikier  Created 24/04/2014  Hedgeweek

Hedge funds up 0.87 per cent in Q1 2014, with fund managers delivering performance-based gains of USD21 billion and recording net asset inflows of USD38 billion over this period – bringing the current AUM of the global hedge fund industry to USD2.07 trillion, a new record high.

Eurekahedge North America Hedge Fund Index was up 2.25 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, outperforming the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) index which gained 1.30 per cent over this period. Long/short equities funds record their 16th consecutive month of positive net asset flows, with net capital allocations to the strategy for Q1 2014 at USD38.5 billion and total assets in long/short equities hedge funds standing at USD704.6 billion – nearing close to their historical high of USD756 billion reached in December 2007.

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Other Voices: Event driven strategy outlook: Broader focus required

This article was authored by Alex Gavrish, founder and CEO of Etalon Investment Research, and author of "Wall Street Back To Basics."  Opalesque, Thursday, 13th March 2014

Credit Suisse recently released its Annual Hedge Fund Investor Survey. The survey, produced by Credit Suisse’s Capital Services Group, is one of the most comprehensive in the industry, with over 500 respondents – including pension funds, endowments, consultants, family offices and fund of hedge funds – and with respondents diversified across all regions. One of the key findings of the survey is that interest in event driven strategies reflected the greatest year-on-year increase in demand, nearly doubling from the prior year. An additional indication that event driven investment strategy is becoming more and more popular among investors is the fact that over the past year, traditional mutual fund companies such as Fidelity Investments introduced mutual funds that employ event driven strategies. Typically used only by hedge funds, the strategy is being increasingly accepted by a wider audience of investors and managers.

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