BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that hedge funds took in an estimated US$3.6bn in November, a welcome reversal after redemptions surged to US$9bn in October and hit US$2.6bn in September. Industry assets increased to US$1.7 trillion in November from almost US$1.7 trillion in October, the first increase after five months of declines.
The BarclayHedge Fund Index dipped 0.8% in November after increasing 3.5% in October. That reversal followed five consecutive monthly declines. Despite the increase, hedge fund industry assets stand close to their lowest level since January 2010.
“After months of outflows across nearly every hedge fund category, November saw outflows in only two investment styles: emerging Markets, which shed US$1.3bn, and equity long-short, which shed US$1bn,” said Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.
“November’s numbers are significantly better than October’s, when only five out of the 14 strategies we track showed any inflow and the rest were in the red,” said Leon Mirochnik, analyst at TrimTabs. Heaviest inflows for November were multi-strategy at US$1.5bn (5.75% of assets) and Macro at US$981m (8.5% of assets).
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