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HFRI 25,000: Upward From $3 Trillion

A mid-year review of the industry

Total capital invested in the global hedge fund industry has recently increased to $2.97 trillion, rapidly approaching the $3 trillion milestone. In conjunction with this, hedge fund performance has improved in 2015, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index, the leading benchmark of hedge fund industry performance, outperforming US equities in 1H15 by posting a gain of +2.5% while the S&P 500 gained +1.2%. Though the magnitude of the outperformance may seem modest, it represents an important inflection point in hedge fund performance as global investors discount the ending of US Federal Reserve stimulus measures (QE) with important implications for hedge fund performance in coming years.

The historic era of US Federal Reserve quantitative easing is quickly drawing to a close, and with much speculation around the exact timing of US rate increases, asset prices appear to have largely discounted these increases across US equity markets, US dollar, gold and emerging market fixed income. The curtailment of QE measures in the US is likely to have broad implications for hedge fund performance in coming years as many of the fundamental macroeconomic drivers of hedge fund performance shift from the past five years and are allowed to return to market-clearing equilibrium levels.

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INFORMING THE HEDGE FUND COMMUNITY With access to some of the industry’s biggest names and an astute and talented group of writers and contributors, The Hedge Fund Journal has established itself as a trusted source of information on the hedge fund industry. Highlights of Issue 106: Championing Customization: Amundi Alternative Investments Tackling UK Farming’s Funding Shortfall: Helping reform UK’s agriculture and alternative energy industries Shareholder Activism as Private Equity Allocation: The resurgence of the strategy a decade after first rising CME Group Crude Oil Spread Options Suite: Volumes advance with screen-based trading growing fastest Adding Dynamic Beta to Double Alpha: UBS Equity Opportunity Long Short UCITS