HSBC Hedge Fund Losses
HSBC Alternative Investments Takes Biggest LossesThe hedge fund industry suffered heavy losses during the recession, unfortunately making the "biggest loser" a more competitive category than years past. HSBC Alternative Investments took the worst hit in terms of outflow.
The fund of hedge funds business failed to retain investors and lost 4.2 billion Swiss francs (almost $4 billion) in the first six months of this year. Since HSBC Alternative Investments hit its peak last September, its assets under management has fallen a staggering 52% from a combination of redemptions and losses on investments. The fund of hedge funds industry has been one of the hardest hit during the recession.
The Geneva-based fund of hedge funds business of HSBC reported the single-largest outflow, in absolute terms. Investors yanked 4.2 billion Swiss francs from the private bank in the first six months of the year, the Financial Times reports. That, combined with huge investment losses, leaves the firm’s fund of funds business with just US$22.27 billion, 52% less than it managed at its peak last September, when it boasted US$46.28 billion.
HSBC AI blamed its decision not to chase market share or deposits by increasing rates and lowering margins for the continued first-half redemptions, according to the FT. But CEO Alexandre Zeller said high-net worth clients are again finding a taste for risk and are looking to return to the market. Source
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