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Hedge fund investors continued to place their money with hedge fund managers in the final quarter of 2011, despite a relatively volatile year for hedge funds and the markets in general.  After surpassing the $2 trillion milestone in Q1, assets fell below that mark as the year progressed only to finish at $2.01 trillion.  Hedge fund investors focused most of their money on macro and relative arbitrage investors, withdrawing from equity funds in Q4.
After a shaky start to the year, investors contributed more money in the fourth-quarter to their favorite hedge fund managers, according to a yearly review released today by Hedge Fund Research Inc. The report found that: 
Total capital invested in the hedge fund industry regained the $2 trillion milestone.
The industry originally eclipsed $2 trillion in assets under management in the first-quarter, then peaked at $2.04 trillion at mid-year before declining to $1.97 trillion to end a volatile third-quarter. 
Total hedge fund AUM finished the year at $2.01 trillion, as Q4 performance gains offset a nominal net capital outflow of $127 million. 
For the full-year 2011, investors allocated $70 billion of net new capital to hedge funds.
HFR’s report termed it “a volatile performance year.” 
The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declined by 5% percent, only the third calendar year decline since 1990.  Source

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