Interesting stats and facts coming out of the hedge fund and private equity worlds this week.
First, Hedge Fund Research
(HFR) released their year end report of inflows and outflows to the
hedge fund markets in 2007. The headline is that The hedge fund
industry attracted a record $194.5 billion in new
investor capital in 2007, bringing total assets under management to
$1.87 trillion. This is a 54% rise year-on-year, representing a $68
billion increase in new funds over 2006.
It would have been
even higher if the fourth quarter had not disappointed. That’s not
surprising considering the credit crunch but – at just over $30 billion
for the quarter compared to over $50 billion a quarter previously –
demonstrates the tough market conditions that are prevailng through
The critical facts and stats in the detail include:
hedge strategies are the #1 strategy in terms of assets ($507 billion),
with relative value arbitrage strategies taking second spot ($273
billion) from event-driven strategies ($244 billion);
latter categories are attracting the majority of new funds with
relative value arbitrage taking in almost $45.9 billion in new funds in
2007, the largest asset strategy for new funds;
- $798.6 billion is invested in funds of funds globally, with total assets up nearly 22% over 2006;
- most funds have a European focus, although 10% is going into Asia; and
- equity Non-Hedge, Market Timing, and Fixed Income:Convertible Bonds, all saw outflows for the fourth quarter.
in all, it is clear that hedge funds are attracting and managing much
of the liquidity and capital flow, and hence these are the major market
players of the 21st century. And the good news for some is that it’s
all based in London.
Mind you, there is another market that is thriving out there as well. The Private Equity market of course.
According to Private Equity International magazine,
the top 50 firms have raised over $550 billion in equity capital since
2002, with each firm managing around $11 billion on average. Top PE
firms include the Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Goldman
Sachs, Blackstone and TPG. We then find that, according to Preqin’s 2008 Global Private Equity Review,
1 in every 6 private equity (PE) professionals are based in New York.
That’s about 13,200 big swingers, compared to only 7,100 in London. In
fact, 45,000 of the 76,700 PE professionals are US-based, or almost
A few other stats of interest included:
- a third of the world’s total are venture capitalists, whilst a quarter are buy-out firms; and
managing under $250 million in assets employ nine people on average
compared to those managing more than $10 billion who average 179.
I’m avoiding too much economic commentary but, considering these two
groups leverage their assets by investing 10 times their weight, we are
looking at firms which influence over $20 trillion in assets. No
wonder the NYSE and FTSE are up and down like yo-yo’s.
that old nugget of London versus New York rears it’s head over the
parapets. I guess, $1.87 trillion in assets versus $550 billion means
that London wins?