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Hedge funds remain cautiously optimistic about economic prospects

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Confidence levels reported by hedge funds remain upbeat despite continued economic and geo-political headwinds impacting the global economy, according to the AIMA Hedge Fund Confidence Index for Q2 2022.

The average measure of hedge fund confidence in the economic prospects for the coming 12 months is +17.8, just under one point higher than the score reported in the first quarter of the year. 

The index is based on a poll of 360 hedge funds, accounting for approximately $2.3 trillion in assets. 

In terms of performance, hedge fund returns continue to be mixed, with some fund strategies experiencing a challenging start to the year, while others have thrived, with performance dispersion across the industry becoming even more pronounced.

Of the hedge fund strategies polled, CTA (+26) and global macro (+20.5) reported the highest confidence scores, with some notable gains having been made by hedge funds across both sectors in the past quarter.

By comparison, crypto hedge funds reported the lowest confidence scores (+5.5), not too surprising, given the difficult conditions in the asset class so far this year.

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