Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report – January 2018

Investors Give Hedge Funds a Positive Sign to Start 2018

If December 2017 was a unique month because of the lack of redemption pressures facing hedge funds, January was even more unique in terms of new allocations. Interest in the industry to start the year was far more wide-reaching than 2017, and the lack of redemption pressures appeared to carry over into the new year. Old themes persisted and certain strategies saw a revival. All in all, January’s data indicates it was a very strong start to the year for hedge fund asset flows.

Key findings from this report include:

  • Investors allocated an estimated $14.12 billion into hedge funds in January, the industry’s largest start to a year since before the Financial Crisis.
  • Equity strategies continued to receive new allocations, with a preference for global exposure over the US, and developed markets over EM.
  • Investors showed renewed interest in macro strategies, and continued to allocate to managed futures.

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