The hedge fund industry is recuperating after two years of struggle. During the first half of 2017 hedge funds lived up to their investors’ expectations, who are looking to increase their hedge fund exposure for diversification and risk-return enhancement. The industry approximates $3.2 trillion in assets under management (AuM) across all strategies according to BarclayHedge with over five thousand institutional investors eyeing on the space of over 15,000 hedge fund strategies globally. Those numbers suggest an overcrowded space and considering data from the Asset Management Association of China, managers in China reach 25,000, the industry is in need of more regulatory attention.
Active management is again in demand and hedge funds will have to compete with their peers to attract more assets and it will be worthy to observe the fundraising arena. Using data from BarclayHedge for five main core strategies AUM, we observe that the main investor focus is on equity hedge (long/short, long-only and market neutral) and fixed income strategies, which are accounting for 25% and 18% respectively of hedge fund AuM. Macro and CTA strategies with $600bn account for 18%, while event-driven strategies are occupying only 5% of the industry’s AuM.