Industry Analysis

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


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