Equity gains bolster EU hedge funds’ portfolios

Funds were net sellers of equities, but market gains added +10% to balance sheet values

Buoyant equity markets helped to push up the balance sheet value of European Union hedge funds’ stock portfolios by almost 10% in 2019, even though they sold off €5.9 billion ($6.4 billion) of their holdings.

Equity holdings amounted to €258.3 billion at end-2019, compared with €235.1 billion a year earlier. Valuation gains and currency movements accounted for all these gains since hedge funds were net sellers of equities in 2019. 

Total hedge fund assets stood at €538.2 billion, +3% higher

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