Global hedge fund assets surge to $1.5 trillion, US accounting for over $1 trillion

Assets in global hedge funds have now reached more than $1.5 trillion according to new research from HedgeFund Intelligence.
• U.S. hedge funds reach well over $1 trillion
• European funds reach $325 billion
• Asia Pacific funds exceed $115 billion

The HFI research shows that assets in Asia-Pacific hedge funds have almost doubled passing the landmark level of $100 billion. The rapid growth saw total funds under management for hedge funds of the region finish the survey period on $115 billion. Australia and Japan experienced the fastest rates of asset growth in the region. Funds under management in Australian hedge funds more than doubled to over $27 billion, making it the largest hedge fund market in the region by assets. Japan’s hedge funds almost doubled in assets to a total FUM of over $22 billion.

The HFI research also found strong asset growth in the US hedge fund market. The U.S. Billion Dollar Club – hedge funds with assets of at least $1 billion – have reached combined total assets of more than $850 billion. Smaller funds – below $1 billion in assets - in the U.S have also grown to have combined assets of at least $200 billion leading to a total asset figure of more than $1 trillion for the U.S hedge fund industry.

European hedge funds have also seen strong growth in assets, with total funds under management for the region reaching more than $325 billion, according to the survey. This represents an increase of over 25% from the year before. Added to the three largest regions, further research suggests that there is a further $50 billion of assets managed by hedge funds in other markets in the rest of the world. Markets showing robust growth include Canada, Brazil and South Africa.

HedgeFund Intelligence Managing Editor, Neil Wilson, commented: “The passing of the $1.5 trillion mark shows how strongly the hedge fund sector is growing, particularly given the difficult market conditions encountered by many hedge fund managers in the past 12 months. All three of the major regions are attracting a good flow of new investment money. Europe and Asia are growing very quickly, and the US funds are doing remarkably well in a market that could be called ‘mature’ in hedge fund terms.”

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