Redemptions of $20.7 Billion in December Hit 44-Month High
Hedge Fund Industry Underperforms S&P 500 Index for 3 Years Running.
New York, NY — February 12, 2013 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge fund investors redeemed a net $14.2 billion in 2012, reversing a $50.7 billion inflow to the industry in 2011. The results are based on data from 3,492 funds.
Hedge fund redemptions hit a 44-month high of $20.7 billion in December, according to the latest monthly TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Flow Report, which noted that the industry earned 8.5% in 2012, far below the S&P 500’s 13.4% increase for the year.
“Underperformance versus the S&P 500 Index is a likely culprit in last year’s outflows,” said Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “We found that from 2010 through 2012, hedge funds gained 14.1% while the S&P 500 Index rose 27.9%. That’s a major shift from the trend over the past five years, when hedge funds gained 10.7% while the S&P 500 was essentially flat.”
Despite lagging performance over the past three years, hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500 Index in the last three months of 2012, gaining 2.46% while the S&P 500 fell 1.0%. Hedge fund investors enjoyed a net 1.7% gain in December, besting a 0.7% rise in the S&P 500 Index for the month.
The Hedge Fund Flow Report also noted that stock-picking hedge fund managers had a good 2012 and a great December.
“Managers of Equity Long Only hedge funds found their groove in December, earning an impressive 4.8% and besting the S&P 500 by 406 bps,” Waksman said. Equity Long-Only funds earned 15.5% in 2012, the best performers among the 13 hedge funds categories tracked by BarclayHedge and TrimTabs. Fixed-Income hedge funds boasted the strongest 2012 inflows at $36.6 billion.
The January 2013 TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Survey of Hedge Fund Managers found widespread optimism about the U.S. economy and the short-term prospects for stocks in 2013. The survey found that bullishness on the S&P 500 surged to a 12-month high in January and that more than two-thirds of the survey’s 121 respondents see less than a 50/50 chance of a sharp correction in the S&P 500 in the first half of 2013.
The TrimTabs/BarclayHedge database tracks hedge fund flows on a monthly basis. The Survey of Hedge Fund Managers appears monthly, as does the TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Flow Report, which provides detailed analysis of hedge fund flows, assets, and returns alongside topical studies. For further information, please visit http://www.barclayhedge.com/products/trimtabs-hedge-fund-flow-report.html.
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TrimTabs Investment Research is the only independent research service that publishes detailed daily coverage of U.S. stock market liquidity—including mutual fund flows and exchange-traded fund flows—as well as weekly withheld income and employment tax collections. Founded by Charles Biderman, TrimTabs has provided institutional investors with trading strategies since 1990. For more information, please visit www.TrimTabs.com.
BarclayHedge is a leading hedge fund data vendor and one of the foremost sources for proprietary research in the field of alternative investments. From its origin as a research specialist and performance measurement firm, BarclayHedge has developed complete client services as a publisher, database and software provider, and industry consultant.
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