Hedge funds saw $19.1 billion in new assets flow into the industry in March. Coupled with a $28.5 billion monthly trading profit, total hedge fund industry assets rose to more than $4.07 trillion as March ended, a new record high.
Most hedge fund sectors experienced net inflows in March. Fixed Income funds set the pace adding $6.9 billion to assets, while Sector Specific funds brought in $5.8 billion, Emerging Markets – Asia funds saw $5.6 billion in inflows, Event Driven funds took in $3.0 billion and Multi-Strategy funds added $2.9 billion.
Notable among sectors shedding assets during the month were Emerging Markets Global funds with $3.8 billion in redemptions, Equity Long Bias funds with $3.3 billion in outflows and Macro Funds with $1.7 billion in redemptions.
“Easing of lockdown restrictions, optimistic economic forecasts, rising equity and commodity prices and President Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic recovery plan buoyed investors’ optimism,” said Sol Waksman, president of BarclayHedge. “The last time that hedge funds had a losing month was October 2020 when the Barclay Hedge Fund Index declined -0.11%.”
Over the 12-month period through March, the hedge fund industry experienced $41.9 billion in inflows. A $552.1 billion trading profit over the period contributed to the total industry assets of $4.07 trillion at the end of the month, up from $4.03 trillion at the end of February and up from $2.86 trillion a year earlier.
Ten hedge fund sectors experienced 12-month inflows through March led by Sector Specific funds with $54.9 billion in inflows, 32.7% of assets. Others posting inflows over the period included Fixed Income funds adding $45.5 billion, 7.6% of assets, Emerging Markets – Asia funds bringing in $30.6 billion, 30.4% of assets, Event Driven funds with $17.6 billion in inflows, 10.7% of assets, and Convertible Arbitrage funds adding $7.1 billion, 32.3% of assets.
Sectors with the largest 12-month redemptions included Balanced (Stocks & Bonds) funds with $44.1 billion in outflows, 12.5% of assets, Macro funds shedding $19.4 billion, 11.0% or assets, Equity Long Bias funds with $19.2 billion in redemptions, 6.4% of assets, Equity Long/Short funds with $14.9 billion in outflows, 8.4% of assets, and Equity Market Neutral funds with $9.7 billion in redemptions, 13.1% of assets.
The managed futures industry extended its inflow streak to five consecutive months bringing in $1.7 billion in new assets in March. Three of four CTA sectors experienced net inflows in March, led by Systematic CTAs which brought in $1.3 billion, 0.5% of assets. Hybrid CTAs added $447.8 million, 2.8% of assets, and Multi Advisor Futures Funds experienced $131.2 million in inflows, 1.2% of assets.
Discretionary CTAs stood alone in experiencing net redemptions in March shedding $95.7 million, 0.6% of assets.
For the 12-month period, the managed futures industry experienced $21.3 billion in inflows. A $16.1 billion trading profit over the period contributed to the $319.0 billion in total industry assets, up from $278.0 billion a year earlier.
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