Hedge fund exit in wake of poor returns

| 13/07/2011

(Reuters): Investors' net withdrawals from hedge funds hit their highest level in nearly two years last month, data showed on Monday, as the funds struggle to make money in choppy markets dominated by fears over the Eurozone's deepening debt crisis. Net hedge fund outflows, as measured by GlobeOp's (GOL) Capital Movement index, were 0.2 percent of GlobeOp's assets under administration in the month to July 1 — the highest monthly net outflow since October 2009. The withdrawals, which buck the trend for investors to return to hedge funds in the aftermath of the credit crisis may reflect nervousness about recent poor performance from portfolios that many expect to make or preserve money in all market conditions.

The average hedge fund lost 1.22 percent in performance terms last month, according to Hedge Fund Research, after losing 1.14 percent in May, as managers struggled to deal with market uncertainty over Greece's attempts to push through austerity measures needed to secure a bailout.

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