There were about 17,378 hedge funds in the world in 2020, according to alternatives data provider Preqin. Although the number of hedge funds has declined in recent years, and investors withdrew a net $98 billion from hedge funds in 2019 (according to the research platform eVestment), total assets under management (AUM) exceeded $3.6 trillion worldwide in 2019. Approximately $9.2 billion of new capital was invested in hedge funds in 2019, down from 10.1 billion in 2018, according to Pensions & Investments. “In a longer-term comparison,” the trade magazine reports, “asset owners invested 20.5 percent fewer assets in hedge funds and hedge funds of funds in 2019 than in 2015, when assets peaked at $11.6 billion over the five years ended December 31.”
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