European hedge fund launches in the first six months of this
year slumped to their lowest level since EuroHedge first began
covering the industry 10 years ago.
That is the stark conclusion from the latest semi-annual
survey of new funds by the EuroHedge data and research team,
which shows that fewer than 50 new funds started trading in the
first half of the year - raising a combined total of just over
$2 billion in assets.
The $2.09 billion volume of overall assets raised is the
lowest first-half figure ever - below the figures of $3 billion
for the first half of 2000 and $2.15 billion for the first six
months of 2001 in the very early days of the European hedge
And the number of new funds launched, at just 47 in the
first half of 2009, is the lowest on record since the 41 new