Global assets

Wed Oct 22, 2008



The growth of assets in hedge funds stalled during the first half of 2008, with the global total edging up only very narrowly to just under $2.7 trillion, according to the latest analysis of the HedgeFund Intelligence database and our associated mid-year 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 have an impact on markets in September. Through negative performance alone, even before taking account of likely redemptions, we would expect industry assets to fall from this mid-year peak by year-end, and most likely by more than 10%.

When we last conducted this exercise to measure the aggregate assets for 1 January 2008, we calculated that total industry assets had reached $2.646 trillion – counting only single-manager hedge fund assets and not...

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