Hedge Funds Attract $83B In H1 2014

Aug 14 2014 | 8:52am ET

Investors poured $82.5 billion into into hedge funds in H1 2014, the most since 2007.

In the month of June, hedge funds took in $7.7 billion, down from $19.1 billion in May, according to new data from BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research.

Industry assets climbed to a six-year high of $2.35 trillion in June, according to estimates based on data from 3,441 funds. Assets rose 21.0% in the past 12 months but were down 3.6% from the all-time high of $2.4 trillion in June 2008.

And while inflows have been impressive, returns have been less so: hedge funds added 1.4% in June, trailing the S&P 500 Index, which added 2.1%. In the past 12 months, hedge funds have returned 10.8%, according to TrimTabs/Barclay Hedge, while the S&P 500 has returned 24.6%.

The July TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Survey of Hedge Fund Managers found 37.2% of respondents bullish on the S&P 500 over the next 30 days, while 34.6% were bearish.

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