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  • Equity hedge strategies led industry performance, with the HFRI Equity Hedge (Total) Index up 2.1 per cent in January led by strong contributions from growth, technology and healthcare sub-strategies.

Equity hedge strategies lead positive hedge fund performance in January

Hedge funds posted strong gains to begin 2017, led by the performance of equity hedge strategies, the largest area of hedge fund industry investor capital, according to data from HFR.
  • Total assets increased by $46.8bn in the last three months of 2016, ending the year at $3.02tn.

Hedge funds end 2016 with largest annual increase since 2014, says HFR data

Despite continuing stories about investor disassatisfaction with performance, hedge funds ended 2016 on an asset high.
  • The November monthly advance reverses the decline from the prior month, represents the eighth monthly gain in the past nine months  and brings year to date performance to healthy 4.6 per cent.

Hedge fund performance hits highs in November as most strategies look to end year in positive territory

Hedge fund performance improved in November, as the election victory of Donald Trump drove expectations for renewed growth, infrastructure spending and reduced regulation.
  • Rising market uncertainty resulted in a divergence between top hedge funds and smaller firms.

Mixed performance by hedge funds in October as managers enter uncertainty of fourth quarter

Hedge funds posted mixed performance in October, as US equities, according to Hedge Fund Research (HFR) data.
  • Pacific managers represented only 3 per cent of launches in the third quarter, 25 per cent of the proportion in the same three month period of 2015.

Hedge fund launches dominated by US managers as popularity of equity strategies drops

US-based hedge fund managers accounted for over three-quarters (76 per cent) of fund launches in the third quarter, hitting a 12-month high, according to Preqin data.
  • The third quarter hedge fund asset level topped the previous record of $2.969tn set in the second quarter of 2015.

Hedge fund assets hit high as inflows in third quarter rise

Total hedge fund industry assets under management rose to a record level in third quarter, as performance gains offset continued asset outflows concentrated in many of the industry’s largest and most well established managers.
  • Resurgent equity hedge strategies led performance for the month, as global equity markets posted mixed or flat performance.

Hedge fund strategies shrug off poor performance as third quarter ends with strong gains

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  • Hedge funds posted overall gains of 1.09 per cent through the first six months of 2016.
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Performance remains main concern of hedge funds and institutional investors

Performance is top of the list of drivers of change for the hedge fund industry. Both hedge fund managers and institutional investors have put it in number one place in a recent Preqin survey.