EUROPE: It’s all about performance – and investors need it badly this year

Mon Apr 16, 2012

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It is not all doom and gloom. There are plenty of bright spots too – and 2012 has begun on an altogether different note from the bleak pessimism and extreme market volatility of the second half of 2011 DATA INCLUDES: European hedge funds at a glance, assets, new funds, median performance

Nick Evans, editor, EuroHedge

In most respects, 2011 was a disappointing year for European hedge funds - and one that makes it all the more pressing that managers do not just deliver a good year for investors in 2012, but a very good one.

Performance was generally lacklustre in 2011 - albeit in the face of very tricky and turbulent macro-driven and politics-dominated markets - and very much less good than investors had been expecting at the outset of the year.

Although there were many notable performers in a year that turned increasingly treacherous, there were also many poor performances. More than a few managers (including some top names) underperformed the markets by a substantial margin, with several well-known firms delivering big drawdowns in a year when conditions - although unquestionably challenging - were frankly nowhere near as bad as in 2008.

Overall asset growth in the industry was also weaker than might have been...


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