Hedge Funds $3 Trillion Mark

Hedge Fund Industry Exceeds $3T Mark in May

According to a research firm, in May, 2014, the hedge fund industry exceeded the $3 trillion mark, as new allocations and performance gains pushed total assets to a new record.
Some $22 billion flowed into hedge funds last month, bringing the year-to-date inflows to $93 billion, according to data provider eVestment. That’s the largest five-month total to start a year since 2007. Performance gains also added $37.8 billion in assets last month, leaving the total tally just north of $3 trillion.
Cash has flowed into these hedge funds despite relatively muted performances over the past several years. Many hedge-fund managers have underperformed their benchmarks as the stock market has surged to record after record. Hedge funds suffered back-to-back monthly declines in March and April for the first time since April and May of 2012, according to researcher HFR Inc. These funds rebounded in May and posted gains across all main strategies, HFR said earlier this month.
And yet, capital continue to flow toward hedge managers who purport to be better positioned for a potential market downturn.
Source: Wall Street Journal

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