Another Year, Another Record: Hedge Fund Inflows Top $160B In 2007

Oct 23 2007 | 12:42pm ET

Investors’ appetite for hedge funds has abated somewhat in the face of this summer’s difficulties, but not enough to keep the industry from its annual inflow record-breaking.

Hedge fund managers added $45.2 billion in new assets in the third quarter, according to Hedge Fund Research. Year-to-date, investors have added more than $160 billion to hedge funds, easily surpassing the record of $126 billion set last year. All told, hedge funds now manage some $1.81 trillion.

The good news notwithstanding, investors are putting less new money into hedge funds as the year goes on—and bad news makes a splash in the headlines. The $45.2 billion inflow was significantly lower than that in the first two quarters of the year—$60 billion and $58.7 billion, respectively—and is the lowest level since the final quarter of last year, when hedge funds added just $16.8 billion.

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