Survey finds Hedge Funds Growing

April 28, 2020 James Heinsman Hedge Fund News

Heroes Square in Georgetown, Cayman Islands. Photo courtesy Roger Wollstadt

The most recent report of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) found that in the past two years since the last survey done in 2018, the value of the AUM of hedge funds has increased by almost 20%.

The report is done once every two years. This year’s report included 8.5% more hedge funds than in 2018, or 2,139, the most funds ever included in this survey since they started watching hedge funds in 2010. The improvement in the comprehensiveness in the survey is due to better reporting by national regulators.

Since 2018 the AUM of hedge funds grew by 19.5% to a total of $3.85 trillion, also a result of the greater number of funds included in the survey.

This year’s survey included for the first time the location of the funds and their preferred investment strategies. Most of the funds included in the survey are headquartered in the Cayman Islands (49%) and the United States (30%). European-based hedge funds made up a tiny fraction of the total included in the survey with only Ireland and Luxembourg having enough funds to even register, with 6% of the total.

The survey also found that most fund strategies are multi-strategy and long/short equity funds. Go here for the full report.

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