Hedge Funds Add 2.05% In February

Mar 20 2012 | 8:16am ET

Hedge funds gained 2.05% in February on optimism about the European debt situation and a strengthening global economy, reports Eurekahedge.

The MSCI World Index increased 4.55% as investor sentiment remained positive for a second consecutive month.

Taken together, the first two months of 2012 constituted hedge funds’ strongest start in 12 years, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Funds Index up 4.35% in February year-to-date.

All regional funds recorded gains in February, led by emerging markets strategies. Asia ex-Japan funds gained 4.32% for the month, bringing their YTD total gains to 8.79%. The asset-weighted Mizuho-Eurekahedge Asia ex-Japan Index is up 9.06% as of the end of February, demonstrating, says Eurekahedge, that larger funds have outperformed to date this year.

Long/short equity funds had gained 6.2% as of the end of February.

Total assets under management in the hedge fund industry rose by over US$11 billion in February to US$1.75 trillion. Most of the increase was the result of performance, with managers gaining US$11.2 billion from their portfolios. Net flows were flat to slightly positive for February, says Eurekahedge, standing at US$300 million as portfolio balancing among investors continued.

Revised figures for January show that managers attracted US$12 billion during the month and with investor sentiment turning positive once again, the industry is expected to attract significant allocations in the days ahead.

Assets in macro and CTA/managed futures hedge funds reached historical highs of US$133 billion and US$220 billion, respectively, in February. UCITS  hedge funds continued to witness strong launch activity and asset flows—newly launched UCITS funds attracted over US$1 billion in January and February


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