New York (HedgeCo.Net) After seeing outflows of $11.2 billion in January, hedge funds saw inflows of $7.2 billion in February according to information released by TrimTabs and BarclayHedge earlier this week. The inflows in February are the strongest for the industry in six months.
Looking at the first two months of 2015 versus the first two months of 2014, there is a considerable contrast in the numbers. The outflows of $4 billion so far in 2015 does not look good considering that the industry saw inflows of $31.6 billion in 2014.
Looking at the 12-month period ended in February, the industry saw inflows of $39.2 billion, but that is a considerable decline from the $94.1 billion in inflows the industry saw in the 12-month period ended in February 2014.
Most experts point to the performance of hedge funds compared to the overall market. There could also be some carrier over from firms such as CALPERs deciding to withdraw their hedge fund investments. When CALPERs made that announcement, the company stated that their decision was not based on performance, but that hasn’t kept the media from harping on the performance numbers for the hedge fund industry as a whole.