New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Hedge funds returned $59.5 billion in performance-based gains for the first quarter of 2015, their highest Q1 gains on record since 2006 which brings the total industry AUM to a record high of nearly $2.2 trillion, according to the May issue of The Eurekahedge Report.
Highlights from this month’s report
- Asian hedge funds were up 5.88% in April and 9.40% year-to-date, and have increased their AUM base by US$13.3 billion since the start of the year.
- European hedge funds crossed the US$500 billion mark for the first time on record, and are up 4.78% year-to-date.
- Long/short equities funds performed the best for April and 2015 year-to-date across all strategic mandates reporting 2.40% and 5.66% respectively.
- North American managers lead in terms of net investor inflows recording US$10.8 billion in new allocations, roughly one-third the level seen for the same period last year.
Eurekahedge also announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), to launch a series of new volatility indices: the flagship CBOE Eurekahedge Volatility Hedge Fund Index and four sub-indices covering short volatility, long volatility, relative value opportunistic volatility, and tail risk.
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