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Barclay Group: Fund of Funds Assets Up 5.6% in Q1
New Report Finds Overall Hedge Fund Growth Stalls

Fairfield, Iowa, May 11, 2005 -- The Barclay Group released today Hedge Fund Industry Assets Under Management for the first quarter of 2005. This new report detailing Hedge Fund and Fund of Funds assets will be issued by Barclay on a quarterly basis. The Barclay Group is the world's leading provider of hedge fund and managed futures data.

"Although asset growth slowed during the first quarter, the Fund of Funds industry was able to increase market share," says Sol Waksman, president of The Barclay Group, "It appears that hedge fund investors are now opting for multi-manager approaches rather than single manager funds."

In the first quarter of 2005, Fund of Funds assets increased 5.6 percent, from $486.8 billion to $514.2 billion. This increase matches the rapid pace of growth in 2003 and 2004, when assets grew from under $300 billion to nearly $500 billion.

Outside the Fund of Funds industry, hedge fund growth slowed in Q1. Assets rose just 2.3 percent, from $1,011.9 billion to $1,035.5 billion. During 2003 and 2004, hedge fund assets under management soared from under $400 billion to over $1,000 billion.

A few sectors actually saw assets under management decline in 2005, such as Convertible Arbitrage, which dropped from $66.1 billion to $52.5 billion under management.

For more commentary, call Sol Waksman at 641-472-3456; or email sol@barclayhedge.com.

Visit www.barclaygrp.com to view Barclay's current and historical data for Money Under Management, Barclay CTA Indices, and Barclay/Global HedgeSource Hedge Fund Indices.

The Barclay Group, founded in 1985, actively tracks more than 4300 hedge funds and managed futures programs. The Barclay/Global HedgeSource hedge fund indexes are utilized worldwide as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund industry.

 

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