Hedge funds started off 2013 in a positive fashion, posting excellent returns on the back of rallying markets globally. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.32%1 during the month, the strongest January return since 2006. Most underlying markets witnessed rallies as the MSCI World Index2 gained 4.66%.
Total assets under management (AUM) increased by US$17.8 billion in January, bringing the size of the industry to US$1.79 trillion. Hedge funds posted performance-based gains of US$13.9 billion as all strategies finished the month in the black. The industry also witnessed net positive asset flows of US$3.9 billion during the month.
Figure 1: Summary monthly asset flow data since January 2011
Key highlights for January 2013:
Hedge funds witnessed the strongest monthly return in 24 months, and the best January return in 7 years – up 2.32% in January 2013
Asian hedge funds posted their best January return on record, up 4.15%
83% of hedge funds reported positive returns in January compared to the 2012 monthly average of 60%