Overview: Global assets stall at $2.7 trillion

Wed Oct 29, 2008

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The growth of assets in hedge funds stalled during the first half of 2008, with the global total edging up only narrowly to a bit less than $2.7 trillion, according to the latest analysis of the HedgeFund Intelligence database and our associated midyear surveys.

We should stress that these calculations are based on asset numbers before the market turmoil of July and August, and before the new and more dangerous phase of the global credit crisis began to clobber markets in September. Through negative performance alone, even before taking account of likely redemptions, we would expect industry assets to fall from this midyear peak by more than 10% by yearend.

When we last conducted this exercise – to measure the aggregate assets at the start of 2008 – we calculated total industry assets to be $2.646 trillion. We counted only single-manager hedge fund assets and avoided double-counting with funds...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H


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