Global Hedge Fund Industry Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Hedge Fund Industry is Segmented by Core Investment Strategies (Equity, Macro, Event-Driven, Credit, Relative Value, Niche, Multi-Strategy, Managed Futures/CTA Strategies, and Others) and Fund Managers Locations (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa). The Market Size and Forecasts are Provided in Value (USD) for all the Above Segments.

Hedge Fund Market Size

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Study Period 2020 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 4.74 Trillion
Market Size (2029) USD 5.47 Trillion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 3.14 %
Fastest Growing Market North America
Largest Market North America

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Hedge Fund Market Analysis

The Hedge Fund Industry in terms of assets under management value is expected to grow from USD 4.74 trillion in 2024 to USD 5.47 trillion by 2029, at a CAGR of 3.14% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Hedge funds are known in the financial industry for their great flexibility and wide range of investment options. Hedge fund managers operate with an absolute return methodology to maximize returns, eliminating risks and often enhancing profitable returns using leverage. Hedge fund managers can take long and short positions in their investments. It allows them to seize more opportunities than traditional mutual fund managers providing profitable investment opportunities even when stock markets are plunging. 

The total value of assets managed by hedge funds worldwide reached around USD 4.53 trillion in previous year. Fund managers are also increasingly applying artificial intelligence and machine learning (AIML) techniques to improve operational efficiencies and boost returns. In this industry, the United States was the top country regarding hedge fund assets under management, accounting for three-quarters of the world. The United Kingdom followed with the second-highest assets under management.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a public health emergency in December 2019, severely affected global economic activity, and was considered a global economic/financial crisis. The effect manifested in increased risk spillover across several financial instruments such as equities, mutual funds, commodities, and cryptocurrencies. When the pandemic hit at the start of 2020, some hedge funds sought to gain from the stock market collapse. The airline sector suffered particularly badly and became a target for short sellers. Hedge funds well-positioned in anticipation of the market shock made significant profits during this period.

Hedge Fund Market Trends

Investments in Digital Assets is Driving the Market

Digital asset investments are from high-net-worth investors at present. Institutional investors are continuing to show interest, with several large institutional players penetrating the crypto space. According to hedge fund analysis, 21% of hedge funds surveyed invested in digital assets. Along with increased regulatory clarity and sound operational practices, and expected hedge funds to increase their investment in this asset class, 31% of hedge fund managers plan to add cryptocurrency to their portfolios within the next two years.

Hedge Fund Industry: Forecast of Investments in Digital Assets, In %, 2023-2028

Recovering Performance, Despite Challenging Market Conditions

The hedge funds industry seems to consolidate over the years, and fund managers worldwide seem to become more defensive in their strategies.

2021 was an excellent year for hedge funds, with industry AUM (assets under management) surging past the USD 4 trillion mark. In 2021, pension funds were anticipated to represent over one-third of the industry's assets under management (AUM). As industry operators garner revenue as an AUM share, increases in demand from this key market tend to boost the industry's performance. Multi-Strategy and Quant Equity hedge funds are once again among the most favorable. Another strategy that saw a dramatic change in sentiment is Generalist Equity. It may be low relative to the other Equity hedge fund strategies, including Sector-Specific, Market Neutral, and Quant Equity.

Hedge Fund Industry: Hedge Funds Assets Under Management (2015 - 2022), In USD Billion

Hedge Fund Industry Overview

The report includes an overview of the largest hedge funds by assets managed and major digital asset hedge funds. Some of the major players dominating the market studied are presented here, BridgeWater Associates, AQR Capital Management, Man Group Plc, Renaissance Technologies LLC and Two Sigma Investments

Hedge Fund Market Leaders

  1. BridgeWater Associates

  2. AQR Capital Management

  3. Man Group Plc

  4. Renaissance Technologies LLC

  5. Two Sigma Investments

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Hedge Fund Market News

  • November 2022: BlackRock Alternatives (BlackRock), through a fund managed by its diversified infrastructure business, agreed to acquire Jupiter Power LLC (Jupiter). Jupiter Power is a leading United States operator and developer of stand-alone, utility-scale battery energy storage systems.
  • August 2022: Two Sigma acquired Hivemind Software. which combined automation and distributed human intelligence to distill semi- and unstructured data sources into high-quality, machine-readable data sets. 

Hedge Fund Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Market

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

      1. 4.1.1 A Brief about Hedge Funds - Key Activities, Metrics, and Operating Structure

      2. 4.1.2 Asset Flow Trends into Hedge Funds

      3. 4.1.3 A Note on the Largest Hedge Fund Investors worldwide

      4. 4.1.4 Trends Influencing Launches and Liquidations of Hedge Funds

    2. 4.2 Insights on Various Investment Styles of Hedge Funds

    3. 4.3 Impact of Technology on Operating of Hedge Funds

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Market usage of AIML by Hedge Funds, by Investment Strategy

      2. 4.3.2 Volatility and Sharpe Ratio of AIML Hedge Funds

      3. 4.3.3 Performance of AIML Hedge Funds vs. Systematic Hedge Funds

    4. 4.4 A Note on Digital Asset-based Hedge Funds

      1. 4.4.1 Fund Strategies of Crypto Hedge Funds

      2. 4.4.2 Launches and Asset Flow Trends of Crypto Hedge Funds over the quarters

      3. 4.4.3 Fee Structures across different Strategies of Crypto Hedge Funds

      4. 4.4.4 Insights on Fund Performance and Redemption Periods of Crypto Hedge Funds

    5. 4.5 Regulatory Trends Shaping the Marketplace

    6. 4.6 Market Drivers

      1. 4.6.1 Emerging Demand for Smaller or Newer Fund Managers

      2. 4.6.2 Recovering Performance of Existing Hedge Funds

    7. 4.7 Market Restraints

      1. 4.7.1 Management Faces Fee Pressure from Investors

      2. 4.7.2 Impacts of Global Markets slowdown on Fund Redemptions, Fund Launches and Fund Liquidations

    8. 4.8 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.8.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.8.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.8.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.8.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.8.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    9. 4.9 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Core Strategy

      1. 5.1.1 Equity Strategies

      2. 5.1.2 Macro Strategies

      3. 5.1.3 Event Driven Strategies

      4. 5.1.4 Credit Strategies

      5. 5.1.5 Relative Value Strategies

      6. 5.1.6 Niche Strategies

      7. 5.1.7 Multi-Strategy

      8. 5.1.8 Managed Futures/CTA Strategies

    2. 5.2 By Manager Location

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. 5.2.1.1 United states

        2. 5.2.1.2 Canada

        3. 5.2.1.3 Mexico

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. 5.2.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 5.2.2.2 Sweden

        3. 5.2.2.3 France

        4. 5.2.2.4 Switzerland

        5. 5.2.2.5 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.2.3.1 Hong Kong

        2. 5.2.3.2 Australia

        3. 5.2.3.3 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. 5.2.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.2.4.2 Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. 5.2.5.1 United Arab Emirates

        2. 5.2.5.2 Saudi Arabia

        3. 5.2.5.3 Rest of Middle East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 6.2 Mergers and Acquisitions

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 BridgeWater Associates

      2. 6.3.2 Renaissance Technologies

      3. 6.3.3 Man Group

      4. 6.3.4 AQR Capital Management

      5. 6.3.5 Two Sigma Investments

      6. 6.3.6 Millennium Management

      7. 6.3.7 Elliot Management

      8. 6.3.8 BlackRock Advisors

      9. 6.3.9 Citadel

      10. 6.3.10 Davidson Kempner Capital*

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

  8. 8. DISCLAIMER

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Hedge Fund Industry Segmentation

A hedge fund is a pooled investment fund that trades in relatively liquid assets and can extensively use more complex trading, portfolio construction, and risk management techniques to improve performance, such as short selling, leverage, and derivatives.

The Hedge Fund Industry Is Segmented By Core Investment Strategies (Equity, Macro, Event-Driven, Credit, Relative Value, Niche, Multi-Strategy, Managed Futures/CTA Strategies, And Others) And Fund Managers Locations (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, And Middle East And Africa). The Market Size And Forecasts Are Provided In Value (USD) For All The Above Segments.

By Core Strategy
Equity Strategies
Macro Strategies
Event Driven Strategies
Credit Strategies
Relative Value Strategies
Niche Strategies
Multi-Strategy
Managed Futures/CTA Strategies
By Manager Location
North America
United states
Canada
Mexico
Europe
United Kingdom
Sweden
France
Switzerland
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
Hong Kong
Australia
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Hedge Fund Market Research FAQs

The Hedge Fund Market size is expected to reach USD 4.74 trillion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 3.14% to reach USD 5.47 trillion by 2029.

In 2024, the Hedge Fund Market size is expected to reach USD 4.74 trillion.

BridgeWater Associates, AQR Capital Management, Man Group Plc, Renaissance Technologies LLC and Two Sigma Investments are the major companies operating in the Hedge Fund Market.

North America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Hedge Fund Market.

In 2023, the Hedge Fund Market size was estimated at USD 4.59 trillion. The report covers the Hedge Fund Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Hedge Fund Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

The emerging trends of the Hedge Fund Industry are a) Increased use of blockchain technology for secure and transparent transactions b) Rise of thematic hedge funds targeting specific sectors or industries

Hedge Fund Industry Report

The hedge fund market, as analyzed by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports, is projected to grow significantly, driven by rising assets under management (AUM) and increasing interest from institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. The market's growth is also fueled by the demand for diverse investment strategies and improving economic conditions. However, macro and geopolitical concerns can hinder market growth by increasing market volatility and uncertainties. The market is also seeing a trend of asset management businesses entering the hedge fund sector, contributing to its growth. The increasing demand for sophisticated risk management techniques is another factor propelling the market growth. The hedge fund market is also segmented by strategy and type, with the long/short equity segment and the offshore segment holding significant market shares. The North America hedge fund market recorded a substantial revenue share, driven by prominent fund managers and substantial hedge fund AUM. The integration of sophisticated technologies has enhanced operational efficiency within hedge fund management, further driving the market's expansion. This analysis includes a market forecast, outlook, and a historical overview. A sample of this industry analysis is available as a free report PDF download.

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Global Hedge Fund Industry Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)