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The hedge fund industry as measured by the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index continued its positive performance into 2010, returning 3.1 per cent in the first quarter and outperforming equity and bond indices on a risk-adjusted basis.

According to a report by Credit Suisse Tremont, eight out of the ten sectors in the broad index posted positive returns in the first quarter, with 69 per cent of all funds posting positive performance.
 
The beta of hedge funds to global equity markets is now at its lowest level since 2004. In turn, manager returns currently appear to be less driven by systematic or beta risks than they have been in the last five years.
 
The event driven sector had the strongest performance in the broad index, up 4.8 per cent, and the consensus is that credit opportunities could continue to generate alpha opportunities in the space.
 
Overall, hedge funds have recovered 92 per cent of all 2008 losses, while certain sectors, including convertible arbitrage and event driven, have now fully recovered their 2008 losses.
 
The hedge fund industry experienced estimated net inflows of approximately USD2bn in the first quarter.
 
Including performance gains, estimated industry assets under management currently remain at USD1.5trn.


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