Barclays sees $50 billion hedge fund inflows this year

Reuters – Improving markets and a need to recoup 2008 losses will prompt investors to pour $50 billion (30 billion pounds) into hedge funds this year and slow redemptions, Barclays Capital said in a report on Tuesday.

More than 300 investors surveyed by Barclays’ prime brokerage unit reported stashing, on average, 14 percent of their portfolios in cash. Nearly 80 percent of these investors said they plan to start putting some of that cash back into hedge funds.

"In spite of dramatic changes in the investor landscape, certain investors were ready to deploy their cash balances aggressively once markets stabilized," Brian Reilly, a Barclays Capital managing director, said in a statement.

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