Emerging Markets Funds See Best Start Since '06

May 30 2012 | 12:13pm ET

Emerging markets hedge funds are off and running in 2012, gaining 7.3% in the first quarter, says Hedge Fund Research.

The gains represent emerging market funds’ best start to a calendar year since 2006, according to the latest HFR Emerging Markets Industry Report.

Total capital invested in emerging markets hedge funds hit a record $127.3 billion as of the end of Q1 2012, up by nearly $10 billion since the end of 2011. The previous AUM record—$123 billion—was set in Q2 2011.

The increase in capital was driven by performance-based gains, as net new capital flows from investors remained muted, with funds experiencing inflows totaling $3.1 billion, while those experiencing outflows totaled $3.4 billion, resulting in a modest net outflow of $365 million in the first quarter.

New capital flows were concentrated in emerging Asia and Russia/Eastern Europe, which received $500 million in net new capital combined.

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