The January 2013 Eurekahedge Report: Industry Assets Grew by $64.5 Billion

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – January’s The Eurekahedge Report, places the spotlight on the North American hedge funds sector which has delivered returns of 54.25% since the financial crisis, gained nearly US$50 billion in 2012 and currently stands at US$1.2 trillion.

Highlights from this month’s report:
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.46% in December and up 6.19% in 2012

Distressed debt was the best performing strategy in 2012 with gains of 2.36% in December and 13.67% during the year

Total industry assets grew by US$64.5 billion in 2012, taking the size of the industry to US$1.77 trillion

North American hedge funds witnessed the strongest growth in assets out of all regions in 2012 gaining US$48.7 billion, 4.18% growth.

Relative value mandated funds witnessed the largest percentage increase in AUM year on year – US$13.3 billion, up 27.5% in 2012

821 funds were launched in 2012 with 778 closures as compared with 1139 launches and 841 closures in 2011

In 2012, 1831 hedge funds reported annual returns above 10% and 669 hedge funds with an annual return above 20%

Latin American (10.56%) and Eastern European & Russian (7.95%) funds were two of the regional mandates that outperformed equity markets

Alex Akesson
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