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Analysis Shows Hedge Fund Industry is Booming

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  • 67% of all hedge funds globally and 70% of all new fund launches are US-based
  • Crypto hedge funds appear for the first time in the top 10 of hedge fund strategies
  • 22% of hedge funds apply a purely quantitative investment process and ca. 2% use artificial intelligence

An in-depth analysis compiled by quant technologies provider SigTech, reports that after continued expansion in 2021, there are currently 27,255 active hedge funds globally.

Geographical breakdown

The hedge fund industry remains dominated by the US market, which is home to 67% of all hedge funds globally, followed by 9% in the UK, 4% in China, and ca. 2% each in Brazil, Canada and Switzerland.

When it comes to the cities that have the largest concentration of hedge funds, unsurprisingly New York is the clear leader with nearly 7,000 funds  (25.0% of total), followed by London with over 2,000 (8.2%), and Hong Kong with nearly 1,000 (3.6%).

Top 10 cities                            No. of hedge funds                  % of total hedge funds

New York                                            6,801                                       25.0%

London                                                2,230                                       8.2%

Hong Kong                                          978                                          3.6%

Boston                                                 931                                          3.4%

Chicago                                               786                                          2.9%

Greenwich (USA)                                682                                          2.5%

San Francisco                                      677                                          2.5%

Los Angeles                                         482                                          1.8%

São Paulo                                             448                                          1.6%

Toronto                                                395                                          1.4%

 

Daniel Leveau, VP Investor Solutions at SigTech, comments: “Our analysis reveals a strong and vibrant global hedge fund industry. Despite a healthy growth in emerging hedge fund centers,  US-based managers continued to dominate the industry, both in absolute numbers and in terms of new fund launches.

Strategy breakdown

The most popular hedge fund strategy is Equity Long/Short, followed by Multi Strategy, Equities others (e.g., long bias, short bias), Fixed Income Credit and Event Driven.  The fast-growing sub-strategy Crypto now makes up ca. 3% of all hedge funds. Also noteworthy is that 22% of the world’s hedge funds apply a purely quantitative investment process and ca. 2% claim to use artificial intelligence.

Top 10 hedge fund strategies               No. of hedge funds      % of total hedge fund strategies

Equity Long/Short                                            6,925                                       26.0%

Multi Strategy                                                  4,899                                       18.4%

Equities others                                                  3,120                                       11.7%

Fixed Income Credit                                        3,004                                       11.3%

Event Driven                                                   2,004                                       7.5%

Managed Futures                                             1,780                                       6.7%

Macro                                                              1,450                                       5.4%

Relative Value                                                 1,377                                       5.2%

Alternative Risk Premia                                   997                                          3.7%

Crypto                                                             774                                          2.9%

New hedge fund launches

On the backdrop of a strong performing hedge fund sector, new fund launches remain strong, with nearly 2,000 new launches per year on average since 2019. Of the 5,500 new hedge funds launched since 2019, 70.2% are based in the US, 9.3% in the UK and 5.2% in China.

Top 5 countries for hedge fund

launches since 2019                            No. of hedge fund launches                % of total

USA                                                                 3,859                                       70.2%

UK                                                                   512                                          9.3%

China                                                               287                                          5.2%

Brazil                                                               127                                          2.3%

Canada                                                            101                                          1.8%

 

The most popular strategy for these new funds is Equity Long/Short, followed by Fixed Income Credit, Equity others (e.g. long bias, short bias) and Multi Strategy.

Top 10 hedge fund strategies               No. of hedge funds                  % of total

among fund launches

Equity Long/Short                                            1,059                           19.3%

Fixed Income Credit                                        515                              9.4%

Equity others                                                   394                              7.2%

Multi Strategy                                                  348                              6.3%

Crypto                                                             310                              5.6%

Event Driven                                                   244                              4.4%

Relative Value                                                 241                              4.4%

Macro                                                              238                              4.3%

Managed Futures                                             133                              2.4%

Alternative Risk Premia                                   38                                0.7%

Leveau adds: “The robust level of new hedge fund launches reflects a sustained strong demand from investors for innovative and uncorrelated investment strategies to meet return expectations in an increasingly challenging market environment. Hedge fund growth shows no signs of abating, fuelled by the ever-increasing investment opportunities in the market, and the growth of new data and tools available to these funds.”

Crypto hedge funds on the rise

In 2021, a record number of 171 crypto hedge funds were launched. In total, there are now 774 hedge funds focused on crypto, with the US again being the driver of innovation with 80% of these funds domiciled in the US.

Daniel Leveau says, “We are investing heavily in our quant technology platform to satisfy the strong demand from hedge funds looking to accelerate their data-driven investment processes.

Alongside the growing hedge-fund community, SigTech enjoyed strong growth in 2021. Clients with a combined AUM of over $5 trillion are now using our platform, including some of the world’s leading hedge funds, as well as recently launched start-up systematic funds.”

About SigTech

SigTech offers a future-proof quant trading platform to global investors. Cloud-hosted and Python-based, the platform integrates a next-gen back test engine and analytics with curated datasets covering equity, rates, FX, commodity, and volatility. SigTech eliminates the expensive upfront costs of infrastructure build-out, giving clients an edge in alpha generation from day one.

The SigTech platform was originally built over seven years to manage systematic investments at Brevan Howard, which remains a SigTech client today. After the spinoff into an independent company in 2019, the team has grown substantially and established SigTech as the leading provider of quant technologies.

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NUPRC Sets to Attract More Investors, Begins 2022 Mini-bid Round

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As part of its efforts at wooing more foreign investors into the country’s oil industry, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has announced the commencement of its 2022 mini-bid round.
A press statement signed by NUPRC Chief Executive Officer, Gbenga Komolafe and dated January 10, a copy of which was published on the agency’s site, described the Mini-bid Round as a way of ensuring new exploration and drilling activities in the deep waters of the country.
The CEO said that the exercise would present seven blocks on offer.
According to the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act, the 2022 Petroleum Licensing Round Regulations, and other relevant laws, the agency is expected to manage the mini-bid round process to facilitate more investment in the industry.
Komolafe assured that the mini-bid round would be transparent and competitive, stressing that the agency would organise a market-driven programme that would follow a  procurement process acceptable and designed to attract competent third-party investors from across the globe.
The statement further showed that the seven blocks on offer are located within the Gulf of Guinea, offshore Nigeria at approximately 150km South-East of Lagos Port ranging from 1000 meters to 2000 meters in water depth.
Blocks PPL-300-DO, PPL-301-DO, and PPL-302-DO are located in the Nigerian Transform Margin area. Blocks PPL-303-DO, PPL-304-DO, PPL-305-DO, and PPL-306-DO are within the deep-water Niger Delta Basin.

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Nigeria’s Insecurity Issues Force Mexican Investors to Stall Investment Plans

The insecurity issues ravaging Nigeria have forced some Mexican investors to put a hold on their plans to invest in the country.

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The insecurity issues ravaging Nigeria have forced some Mexican investors to put a hold on their plans to invest in the country.

This was disclosed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico Hon. Adejare Bello.

He said that the Nigerian embassy frequently receives inquiries from investors about their plans to invest in the country and for possible collaboration.

With the abundance of natural resources in Nigeria, these investors have been looking to invest in areas such as gold mining, oil and gas, and agriculture, as well as partnering with Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote in the area of fertilizer procurement.

Unfortunately, these investors have stepped back on their plans due to the incessant attacks and insecurity challenges bedeviling the country.

In his words, “In the last decade, one of the critical challenges facing the Nigerian economy is the lack of adequate security of life and properties which has made the country lose so much in terms of foreign direct investment.

“The present situation in the country is very clear evidence of the impact of insecurity on the nation’s development in general and on the economy in particular.

“Lives are lost in the bombings, properties destroyed and businesses collapse as some businessmen who are not indigenes of the affected states leave and migrate to other states. Even the indigenes are taken to refugee camps leading to an increase in government expenditure”

Hon. Bello stated that the insecurity issues in the country have led to a slowdown of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which is worrisome, noting that it would be beneficial to the country due to its recent economic challenges.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to summon the political will necessary to ensure adequate internal security on a sustainable basis and create a friendly investment climate for inflows of foreign capital into the country.

Investors King understands that Nigeria’s insecurity challenges have not only slowed down investment inflow in the country, but it has also led to the exit of several multinational firms.

The country continues to miss out on so many opportunities of attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) due to escalating insecurity crisis.

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Ogun State Government Inaugurates Ogun Invest, Facilitates Agency

Ogun State Government on Friday inaugurated the Ogun State Investment and facilitation Agency, commonly referred to as the OGUNINVEST.

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Ogun State Government on Friday inaugurated the Ogun State Investment and facilitation Agency, commonly referred to as the OGUNINVEST.

The inaugural ceremony was held at the Governor’s Office in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun who led the inauguration said the newly inaugurated OGUNINVEST would promote the state and give access to both local and international investors.

The Governor, during the ceremony, said his administration had so far attracted nothing less than 36 investment portfolios that are worth over $1 billion.

He said that the investments altogether were able to generate over 40,000 jobs for the citizens of the state, and the facilitation agency would strengthen governance and diversification in Ogun state.

Abiodun disclosed that the primary focus of the agency is positioned on making the state an investment of choice, generating wealth for all in Ogun State citizens, and helping the private sectors grow.

He said, ” The facilitation agency is committed to attracting, facilitating, and nurturing investments into Ogun State.

“Our administration through Oguninvest Will continue to play the role of the enabler and facilitator to help the private sector grow, create jobs, and generate wealth for all in Ogun State.

“We have continued to reap a bountiful harvest from our commitment as existing investments are thriving and new investments are being attracted. As of today, we’ve been able to attract 36 new investments into Ogun State worth over a billion United States dollars and generated an estimation of over 40,000 jobs since the inception of OGUNINVEST.”

He disclosed that his administration has always been committed to the growth of the industrial sector in the state and that his administration would soon commence the construction of the Special Agro Processing Zone by November 2022.

The Governor included that a lot of tax reforms had been introduced under his administration, ensuring that multiple taxes were removed and his administration has also successfully made its payment process digital.

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