Hedge Fund Branding Drives Asset Flows

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DONALD A. STEINBRUGGE, CFA, MANAGING PARTNER, AGECROFT PARTNERS, LLC

Since the market correction of 2008, a vast majority of hedge fund net asset flows have gone to a small minority of hedge funds with the strongest brands. A recent report from Hedge Fund Research shows that approximately 69% of hedge fund assets are controlled by firms with over $5 billion in assets under management and 91% are controlled by firms with over $1 billion in assets. This is a significant increase from the 2009 percentages of 61% and 86% respectively.  

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