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Investors continue to pull money from hedge funds despite performance rebound, says eVestment

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Despite a strong start to the year, which saw Q1 2019 average hedge fund performance hit +5.34 per cent, investors continued to pull money from the sector, redeeming an estimated USD13.69 billion in March, according to the March 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report.

Q1 2019 marked the fourth consecutive quarter of net outflows from the industry, but Q1’s strong performance more than offset investor redemptions, leaving overall hedge fund industry assets under management (AUM) at USD3.258 trillion.

Large Macro, Long/Short Equity and Managed Futures funds, which underperformed in 2018, were responsible for most redemptions in March.

eVestment’s report finds that Directional Credit funds continued an asset-gaining winning streak from 2018, pulling in USD1.26 billion in new assets in March for a total of USD2.20 billion in new assets in Q1 2019. Last year these funds were also new-asset gainers, pulling in USD4.20 billion.

Event Driven, Market Neutral Equity and Convertible Arbitrage funds (although just barely on the last one) were in the green in March as well.

Emerging Markets funds had a strong March and Q1 in asset flows, pulling in +USD2.15 billion for the month and +USD4.49 billion for the quarter. The bulk of those new assets went to China-focused funds.

Hedge funds focused on investments in the Americas and Asia performed strongly in March, adding USD1.39 billion and USD1.77 billion respectively last month. On the other hand, funds focused on investments in Europe saw redemptions of USD1.59 billion and funds focused globally saw USD15.25 billion pulled by investors in March.

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