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Hedge funds - statistics & facts

Hedge funds are a type of alternative investment in which a manager chooses a wide range of investment strategies, typically not available to traditional mutual fund managers. Hedge funds are characterized by active management which attempts to provide higher returns than the market. As such, there are differences in funds management styles, ranging from higher risk strategies for more aggressive investors to safer and more modest strategies for pension funds and other conservative investors. The total value of assets managed by hedge funds worldwide reached around 3.14 trillion U.S. dollars in 2019.

How are cryptocurrencies used by hedge funds?

The recent rise of cryptocurrency hedge funds speaks to both the flexibility and continued relevance of hedge funds. Crypto hedge funds can either be hedge funds that manage portfolios containing exclusively cryptocurrencies, or funds that manage both cryptocurrency and other assets. Around two thirds of the active crypto hedge funds were launched in 2018 and 2019, and the leading locations of crypto fund managers in 2020 was the United States and the United Kingdom.

Gaining deeper insight to markets

The investment market is a rapidly changing environment and non-traditional methods for trying to beat the market are emerging. A recent development is the growth of hedge funds using artificial intelligence or machine learning (AIML). The use of machines to help analyze data and predict market movements has been shown to deliver higher long-term net returns. Another growing trend among hedge fund managers is the use of alternative data. Data on credit card transactions, geolocations, app data, just to name a few, are replacing the typical company filings and institution’s datasets. More than half of the hedge fund managers who were alternative data market leaders stated they used seven or more alternative data sets in 2020.

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Hedge funds - statistics & facts

Hedge funds are a type of alternative investment in which a manager chooses a wide range of investment strategies, typically not available to traditional mutual fund managers. Hedge funds are characterized by active management which attempts to provide higher returns than the market. As such, there are differences in funds management styles, ranging from higher risk strategies for more aggressive investors to safer and more modest strategies for pension funds and other conservative investors. The total value of assets managed by hedge funds worldwide reached around 3.14 trillion U.S. dollars in 2019.

How are cryptocurrencies used by hedge funds?

The recent rise of cryptocurrency hedge funds speaks to both the flexibility and continued relevance of hedge funds. Crypto hedge funds can either be hedge funds that manage portfolios containing exclusively cryptocurrencies, or funds that manage both cryptocurrency and other assets. Around two thirds of the active crypto hedge funds were launched in 2018 and 2019, and the leading locations of crypto fund managers in 2020 was the United States and the United Kingdom.

Gaining deeper insight to markets

The investment market is a rapidly changing environment and non-traditional methods for trying to beat the market are emerging. A recent development is the growth of hedge funds using artificial intelligence or machine learning (AIML). The use of machines to help analyze data and predict market movements has been shown to deliver higher long-term net returns. Another growing trend among hedge fund managers is the use of alternative data. Data on credit card transactions, geolocations, app data, just to name a few, are replacing the typical company filings and institution’s datasets. More than half of the hedge fund managers who were alternative data market leaders stated they used seven or more alternative data sets in 2020.

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