Hedge funds were up 3.01%1 in December as the underlying markets trended upwards in a year-end rally. The sector witnessed performance-based growth of US$25.98 billion in December while also gaining US$8.11 billion through net positive asset flows. All regional and strategic mandates posted positive returns for the month as well as for 2010 – a quick glance at the list of top 12 best performing billion dollar hedge funds of 2010 (Pg 12) displays a healthy mix of strategies and regions. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index closed the year with a double-digit growth of 10.93%, ahead of global markets by 3.10% – the MSCI World Index was up 7.83% in 2010.
Highlights of hedge fund performance and asset flows for the month are as follows: