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TrimTabs and BarclayHedge Report Hedge Funds Add $950 Million in April after Shedding $750 Million in March. Hedge Fund Industry Outperforms S&P 500 in April

“Investors have been showing less interest in hedge funds even though the industry’s performance has improved lately," said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “Hedge funds redeemed $13.8 billion in the first four months of 2015, a strong turnabout from the same period last year, when they hauled in $65.6 billion.”

Hedge fund industry assets edged down to $2.49 trillion in April from $2.50 trillion the month before, BarclayHedge estimated based on data from 3,569 funds.

The monthly TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Flow Report noted that the hedge fund industry gained 1.1% in April and outperformed the S&P 500, which rose 0.9% for the month.

“Emerging Markets funds rose 5.0% in April, the best returns among the thirteen categories we track,” said Waksman. “Multi-Strategy funds had the strongest inflows in April, taking in $2.5 billion.”

The latest TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Sentiment Survey finds hedge fund managers turned more bullish on the S&P 500 in May, though neutral sentiment hit an eight-month high. The monthly survey finds mounting pessimism on U.S. Treasuries, the U.S. Dollar Index, and Emerging Markets. Bearishness on crude oil hit a two-year high, with more than three-quarters of respondents predicting oil prices will decline or level off in the next six months.

The TrimTabs/BarclayHedge database tracks hedge fund flows on a monthly basis. The TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Flow Report provides detailed analysis of these flows as well as relevant topical studies.  Click here for further information.

BarclayHedge is a leading hedge fund data vendor and one of the foremost sources for proprietary research in the field of alternative investments. From its origin as a research specialist and performance measurement firm, BarclayHedge has developed complete client services as a publisher, database and software provider, and industry consultant.

TrimTabs Investment Research is the only independent research service that publishes detailed daily coverage of U.S. stock market liquidity--including mutual fund flows and exchange-traded fund flows--as well as weekly withheld income and employment tax collections.  Founded by Charles Biderman, TrimTabs has provided institutional investors with trading strategies since 1990.  For more information, please visit us here.