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Fewer Redemptions, But Can Hedge Funds Call It a Rebound?

By Lydia Tomkiw

Predictions of massive hedge fund redemptions this year were rife following the volatility of March and April. But with the start of the final quarter of the year approaching and redemption windows coming to a close, it turns out the industry may avoid what some had feared — a crushing year overshadowing brutal 2019 outflows that nearly topped $100 billion.

Indeed, investors actually added to their hedge fund allocation during August with $7.36 billion in inflows. That dialed year-to-date outflow numbers back to approximately $37.5 billion, according to the latest data from eVestment. And that compares favorably to the whopping $63.6 billion that had been redeemed from the industry at the same time last year, as reported.

Canterbury Consulting has not seen clients “losing faith” in hedge funds and no redemption requests have been issued, says Stuart Blair, director of research. “I think the flow and redemption numbers make sense in hindsight because things bounced back so rapidly."

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