Investors Back Hedge Funds As Performance Rebounds

by Staff Writer on March 12, 2012

By Reuters:

Investors ploughed more money into hedge funds over the past month, data from hedge fund administrator GlobeOp shows, as hopes of a resolution to the euro zone debt crisis and a rebound in markets boosted confidence after last year’s losses.

Net inflows into hedge funds, as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index, which tracks monthly net subscriptions to and redemptions from hedge funds managing around $174 billion (111 billion pounds), were 2.1 percent of total assets over the month to March 1.

While this was slightly down on last month’s 2.22 percent, it is nevertheless the second-highest inflow over the past six months and above the 1.12 percent recorded last March.

Investors have been cheered by an upturn in hedge fund performance so far this year, as markets have rallied in the wake of the European Central Bank’s one trillion euro cash injection to try and head off a second credit crunch.

Hedge funds lost 5.3 percent last year, according to Hedge Fund Research, as they struggled to cope with volatile markets amidst the deepening euro zone crisis. However, in the first two months of the year the average hedge fund gained 4.95 percent.

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