Hedge Fund Returns in 2009

Hedge Fund Returns in 2009

Hedge Fund Industry Recovery Led by Strong Returns

Hedge fund managers had one of their best years following one of the worst.  2009 marked a major recovery of the hedge fund industry with investors returning to funds and good, consistent performance by funds.  In the first 11 months of this year hedge funds returned 19% on average.
For hedge funds, 2009 will be remembered as one of the industry's best ever -- a year when managers delivered strong gains after 2008's drubbing and investors returned to the fray with new money.
But the hangover from 2008, when clients reacted to the industry's worst-ever losses by pulling out a record $155 billion, has not fully disappeared, managers and investors said.

The $2 trillion hedge fund industry is just beginning to tally this year's winnings, but preliminary numbers offer plenty to cheer about.
Performance trackers, including Hennessee Group and Hedge Fund Research, are expected to report 2009 data in early January.

Buoyed by a strong rally across many asset classes, global hedge funds, on average, gained 13.2 percent through Tuesday, according to the HFRX index compiled by Chicago-based research group Hedge Fund Research.  Source

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