GLOBAL: Hedge fund assets still over $2 trillion, up slightly in 2011

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For overall assets to be slightly up again after such a difficult year provides powerful testimony of the continuing faith of investors in the abilities of hedge funds to protect them in down markets and deliver strong risk-adjusted returns over the cycle DATA INCLUDES: Global and regional hedge fund assets 2001-2011

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Damian Alexander, data and research manager, HedgeFund Intelligence

Assets in global hedge funds edged up slightly during 2011, despite the strong headwinds in global markets and the negative performance delivered on average from funds in the industry last year, according to the latest research from HedgeFund Intelligence.

Assets in hedge funds of traditional types, which are mostly domiciled offshore or structured as limited partnerships in the US, managed total combined assets of $2.059 trillion (including where they have parallel onshore versions)