Hedge funds returns at 11-year-highs in 2020: knowledge By Reuters
By Maiya Keidan
TORONTO (Reuters) – Global hedge funds averaged 11.6% return over the past year, the best year in the industry since 2009 as they took advantage of market volatility due to the pandemic, data from industry tracker Hedge Fund Research (HFR) shows . .
Hedge fund assets rose to $ 3.6 trillion in late 2020, after adding an additional $ 290 billion in the last three months of the year.
Companies managing more than $ 5 billion added $ 4.8 billion in investor money in the fourth quarter, while companies managing less than $ 5 billion saw net outflows.
Stock-picking hedge funds posted gains of 17.4% over the past year, while strategies that focused on mergers and acquisitions posted returns of 8.8% and those that bet on macroeconomic events returned 5.3%.
“Institutions around the world are making forward-looking allocations to hedge funds, anticipating and positioning the short-term anti-virus uncertainty and medium-term macroeconomic uncertainties of the US, European and Asian economies through 2021,” HFR President Kenneth J. Heinz said in the press release.
While hedge funds had strong performance in 2020, an index that tracks that would have gained 18.4% over the same period, HFR said.
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