The Preqin´s 2016 Global Alternatives Reports find that alternative assets fund managers hold a record $7.4tn in combined assets under management (AUM) in 2015, up from $6.9tn a year before. The private capital industry in particular has grown over the past year, as almost every constituent asset class saw its AUM increase. The industry as a whole added $193bn in AUM through H1 2015, more than the $149bn growth seen in the whole of 2014. The aggregate value of the portfolios of assets held by private capital fund managers is continuing to rise as GPs put more capital to work.
Hedge funds saw a challenging year in 2015, but combined assets under management grew from $3.0tn to $3.2tn despite performance concerns. Total hedge fund AUM grew by 13.3% over 2014 as funds added $355bn in total assets; this rate of growth halved in 2015 with just $178bn worth of assets added, an increase of 5.9%.
“The private capital industry has continued to show healthy growth over the past year, and is now worth over four trillion dollars. This has been fuelled by a rise in dry powder levels, following another strong year for fundraising, and an increase in the unrealized value of portfolio assets. This is not without its concerns, though; the fundraising market is more competitive than ever and dry powder levels continue to increase and put pressure on finding attractive investment opportunities.” Says Mark O´Hare, chief executive, Preqin.
“The hedge fund industry has not enjoyed the same gains made in 2013 and 2014, although it has nevertheless grown to well over three trillion dollars. While the prolonged period of weak returns has taken its toll, returns are also difficult to find in other asset classes. 2016 looks set to be a challenging year, but the industry still has the potential for significant further growth.” Concludes O´Hare.