Hedge Funds in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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While the industry has received a considerable amount of criticism regarding its performance in comparison to US equities, an increasing amount of industry professionals have called into question the relevance of benchmarking hedge fund returns exclusively against equity performance. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Hedge Funds industry to its growing industry report collection.

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The industry's performance compared to its traditional benchmarks has drawn a considerable amount of criticism.

As a portion of hedge fund fees are traditionally based on the total value of assets under management (AUM), consistent growth in industry AUM has benefited the Hedge Funds industry immensely over the five-year period. According to the latest available data from KPMG and the Center for Hedge Fund Research at Imperial College London, the significant annualized return offered by hedge funds from 1994 to 2011 has exceeded the performance of equities, bonds and commodities over the same period. Moreover, in 2013, industry AUM surged, largely as a result of the continued satisfaction of institutional investors with respect to the performance of hedge funds. Consequently, industry revenue is anticipated to increase at a healthy annualized rate from 2009 to 2014; this growth includes a rise in revenue expected in 2014 alone.

However, the industry's lackluster performance compared to its traditional benchmarks in recent years has drawn a considerable amount of criticism. According to Bloomberg, the return garnered from the S&P 500 index exceeded the industry's return in 2013. Additionally, according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Hoopes, “the last time the industry outperformed US equities was in 2008, when the industry's loss failed to reach the S&P 500's sharp decline.” While a number of industry professionals question the relevance of benchmarking hedge fund returns against equity performance, given that hedge funds rely on a range of instruments other than stocks, “the industry's recent poor performance has dampened its traditional fee structure,” says Hoopes. As a result, the industry's typical “2.0 and 20.0” structure of a flat fee on total AUM and a right to earned profit has deteriorated into a “1.4 and 17.0” arrangement.

Market share concentration in the Hedge Funds industry is low. Over the five years to 2019, industry revenue is forecast to increase at an annualized rate. Industry AUM are forecast to continue to increase at a consistent rate, partially due to diversification benefits that hedge funds provide. However, increased regulation stemming from the global financial crisis and an escalating focus on the industry's tax structure have the potential to harm the industry's profit margins in the years to come. Regardless, the number of new hedge funds is forecast to trend with AUM and revenue over the five-year period, as new entrants are not expected to be discouraged by increasing compliance costs.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Companies in the Hedge Funds industry pool investments, securities or other assets on behalf of shareholders, unit holders or other beneficiaries. This industry comprises hedge funds and does not include mutual funds, real estate investment trusts or exchange-traded funds. Additionally, funds in this industry are considered establishments, while fund managers are considered enterprises.

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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