LONDON, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Despite the tough financial climate, hedge funds have faired well, with investments continuing to grow through the downturn by as much 10 percent. Research suggests that there is currently over $2trn of assets under management by hedge funds across the world - more than at the peak of the market in 2008 - and that amount is increasing as investors move away from poorly performing share markets.
The depressed markets of the past year have also offered up plenty of opportunities for cash-rich hedge funds to acquire new assets. Property has proved a particularly appealing purchase, as prices in prime locations have sunk to their lowest in years due to a lack of mortgaging options available to other buyers. Other funds have looked to surging developing markets as areas for investment, with Latin America proving popular.
Traditional financial products still present a strong avenue for investment however, with European debt in particular proving of interest. On top of the assets made available to buy from Greece's austerity measures, hedge funds look set to move in and buy out banks' exposure to debt at prices representing half its value, hedging (reasonably safely) on it being valued higher in a year or two.
Using a variety of strategies, the winners of World Finance's Hedge Funds 2011 awards have demonstrated an aptitude for successful investment, capitalising on tough market conditions to generate good returns for their investors.
To find more about the winners, pick up a copy of the July-August edition of World Finance magazine which is available now. To view the list of winners, visit: http://www.worldfinance.com/winners_articles.php?article_id=2030
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