Hedge Funds 2012 First Quarter

Hedge Funds 2012 First Quarter

Hedge Funds Off to Best Start in Six Years

Recent data has some encouraging news for the hedge fund industry, hedge funds are off to the best start in six years.  According to Hedge Fund Research, Inc., the average hedge fund is up almost 5% for the first quarter, although they still lag behind U.S. stocks.  Still, it's an impressive beginning to what could be a big rebound from the disappointing 2011 returns.
Hedge funds are off to their strongest start since 2006, with the average fund gaining 4.94% in the first quarter, according to data released Monday.

But the industry’s performance still trailed U.S. stocks, which posted their strongest first-quarter gains in more than a decade this year. The Dow industrials ended the quarter up 8.1%.

The first-quarter performance follows three straight years in which industry performance lagged behind stock-market returns, and the industry’s performance was basically flat in March, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc., which released the data.

Investors say stocks and other securities aren’t moving as much in lock step as they were for much of last year, when so-called correlation made it harder for funds to place bets based on companies’ performance relative to others. Source

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