Hedge fund industry assets continue to surge in February, according to the latest asset flows report from eVestment.
eVestment, which provides technology solutions and database for traditional and alternative investment firms, indicated in its February 2014 Hedge Fund Asset Flows report that investors allocated an estimated $41 billion into hedge funds last month—the most than any other month since the firm began tracking monthly flow data in October 2008. Performance gains added an additional $45.9 billion to the industry in February, bringing the month’s asset increase to $86.9 billion.
Investors continue to favor equity strategies over credit strategies for the fourth consecutive month. Equity strategies brought in over $18.2 billion last month, while credit strategies trailed at $11.2 billion.
February was also a positive month for macro strategies, as it experienced its first month of inflows since September 2013, attracting nearly $5 billion in assets. According to the report, investors removed an estimated $15.8 billion from macro funds since the end of 2012.
Long/short equity was a dominant strategy in February, returning 2.5%, while event-driven trailed with 2.25%. Distressed fund came in at a close third, returning 2.22% last month.
Total industry assets reached $2.93 trillion in February, only $11.9 billion below its all-time peak set in the second quarter of 2008.
Founded in 2000, eVestment acquired hedge fund analysis provider Pertrac and cloud-based hedge fund technology provider Fundspire last year. It now offers one of the world’s largest traditional and alternative investment databases.