Hedge Fund Liquidations Increase, Leading To Fee Flexibility

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Hedge fund liquidations totalled 1,057 for  2016, with an increase of 23 to 275 total for Q4 2016, according to the  latest Hedge Fund Research Market Microstructure Report. This brings the  number of closed funds to the highest level since 2008, even as the  hedge fund industry surpassed the symbolic USD 3 trillion mark in Q4. The total number of hedge funds, including fund of hedge funds, receded  to 9.803.
“Hedge fund liquidations in 2016 surpassed the post-financial crisis peak despite total industry capital surpassing the USD 3 trillion  milestone, underscoring the shifting investor risk tolerance and  steadily increasing concentration on investor capital in mid- to large  hedge fund firms,” said Kenneth J. Heinz, president of HFR. “The hedge  fund industry fee structure continues the process of evolving to meet  increased investor demands, as well as persistently low, albeit  increasing, level of interest rates. Continuation of the process of  macroeconomic normalisation is likely to drive strong performance across  a wide range of strategies in 2017.”
The development is likely to be having an influence on the decline or  increasing flexibility (reported here) of average management and  incentive fees. The former receded slightly in Q4 2016 to 1.48% on average according to HFR research, amounting to a decline of 1 bps, with  the latter falling 10 bps to 17.4%.  The average management fee for funds launched in 2016 fell to 1.33%, declining from 1.6% for the  previous year. The average incentive fee for funds launched in 2016  declined to 17.71%, down 4 bps.
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Glenn W. Leaper, Associate Editor and Political Risk Analyst with Nordic Business Media AB, completed his Ph.D. in Politics and Critical Theory from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2015. He is involved with a number of initiatives, including political research, communications consulting (speechwriting), journalism and writing his post-doctoral book. Glenn has an international background spanning the UK, France, Austria, Spain, Belgium and his native Denmark. He holds an MA in English and a BA in International Relations.

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