With the net flow of investor capital remaining firmly positive for the year, and slightly positive for April, the global hedge fund industry seems to be on positive footing so far in 2018, according to the just-released April 2018 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. However, nearly 63% of reporting managers faced some level of net outflow in April, the most elevated level seen since October 2016. Those outflows were generally small though and were outweighed by new funds coming into the industry.
Investors allocated an additional +$1.78 billion to hedge funds during April, bringing year-to-date (YTD) flows to the industry to +$13.67 billion and total industry assets under management (AUM) to $3.316 trillion.
Some interesting points from the April eVestment report include:
- Among primary strategies, Macro funds were big winners in April, with +$3.23 billion. This is similar to how these funds began 2017, with a surge of investor interest. Macro funds are up +$11.81 billion for the year.
- Directional credit funds were also big winners in April, at +$2.89 billion, bringing YTD flows to +$8.21 billion.
- Managed Futures funds saw the biggest outflows among primary strategies at -$1.79 billion. Event-Driven funds also lost AUM, down -$1.63 billion in April and -$5.23 billion YTD.
- Among types of funds, Multi-Asset and Fixed-Income funds pulled in +$2.55 billion and +2.29 billion respectively. Equity funds were down -$3.86 billion in April.
- While almost 65% of Emerging Markets hedge funds saw outflows in April, the segment was overall positive at +$1.99 billion for the month.
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