Inflows hit $17bn in 2011 as investors shelter from market turbulence

Thu Feb 2, 2012

Annual mandate tally shows snapshot of increasing investor appetite, says InvestHedge

By Susan Barreto

Illustration: Shonagh Rae
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 vehicles,...


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