Investors yanked $33 billion from hedge funds during first quarter

Investors yanked $33 billion from hedge funds during first quarter

Hedge funds just weathered what might be their worst month ever, with some of the industry’s biggest names getting hit the hardest.

Panicked investors yanked roughly $33 billion from hedge funds during the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic rocked the global economy.

Data from Hedge Fund Research released late Wednesday shows that net outflows — the industry term for clients taking their money back — were the highest they have been since the summer of 2009, when the economy was still reeling from the last financial crisis and the industry watched $42 billion get pulled back.

Based on data seen by The Post, the majority of the outflows in the most recent quarter occurred in March, making it one of the most painful periods in hedge-fund history.

“Investors reacted to the unprecedented surge in volatility and uncertainty driven by the global coronavirus pandemic with a historic collapse in investor risk tolerance and the largest capital redemption from the hedge fund industry since post-Financial Crisis,” said HFR President Kenneth Heinz in a statement accompanying the report.

HFR’s data also revealed a ‘The bigger they come, the harder they fall’ trend with $20.6 billion of the quarter’s outflows being made from funds managing $5 billion or more.

Hedgie titans like AQR’s Cliff Asness, Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio and Rennaisance Technologies’ Jim Simons have all watched their massive funds shrink noticeably in the face of the pandemic.

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