May 28, 2021 - Economy & Business

Hedge fund assets and influence grow

 Data: Preqin; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Preqin; Chart: Axios Visuals

Hedge fund assets passed the $4 trillion mark during Q1 2021, ending the quarter at $4.15 trillion.

Why it matters: As hedge funds have grown in size — almost doubling their $2.3 trillion assets under management in 2012 — so has their power to influence markets.

What to watch: Preqin's 2020 survey of hedge fund managers identified that a shift toward ESG-friendly investment policies is percolating.

  • While just 39% of funds have an active environmental, social and governance policy, another 16% are considering or implementing ESG plans.
  • One example: Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, in April launched a new sustainable investing venture.

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