By Susan Barreto
It was a year that yielded market losses and even greater
uncertainty over future gains. Finally, 2011 seems like the
year that investors saw hedge funds as a place for their assets
to weather the storm over the long haul.
Taking a look back over the year, the hedge fund inflows
from pension funds, endowments and foundations - with assets
totalling $2.2 trillion globally - tracked by InvestHedge's
monthly mandate table, totalled more than $17 billion.
The strategies varied between credit, global macro and
long/short equity, but in 2011 the majority of the new hires
were direct allocations into single managers. Hedge fund
managers globally saw more than $10 billion in new and
additional allocations, equivalent to 60% of asset inflows. The
remaining almost $7 billion went to fund of funds managers, but
a lot of the these assets will be invested via customised