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Hedge fund returns were flat to slightly negative in April as most regions and strategies witnessed marginal movements during the month. As managers provided downturn protection amid declining 1 markets globally, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.17% and the MSCI World Index 2 declined 1.62% . Total assets under management (AUM) increased by over US$11 billion in April, taking the size of the global hedge fund industry back above US$1.76 trillion. The sector attracted US$10 billion from investors during the month and most of this increase came from positive net asset flows as investors reallocated recently withdrawn capital. Managers also chalked up performance-based gains of US$1.3 billion during the month with most of the gains posted by some of the larger, globally investing hedge funds. Figure 1: Summary monthly asset flow data since December 2009
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(40) Dec-09 Mar-10 Jun-10 Sep-10 Dec-10 Mar-11 Jun-11 Sep-11 Dec-11 Mar-12 Performance-based growth Net asset flows Total assets
Key highlights for April 2012: • •
The asset-weighted Mizuho-Eurekahedge Top 100 Index increased 0.28% in April 2012, confirming a better month for larger funds. Hedge funds attracted US$10.4 billion during the month of April. Assets in North American hedge funds have increased by nearly US$40 billion since the start of the year ...
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Based on 46.59% of funds which have reported April 2012 returns as at 11 May 2012 MSCI AC World Index All Core (Local)
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