According to data source HFR, investors poured $19.8 billion into hedge funds in the first quarter, the largest inflow since the second quarter of 2015, attracted by gains some firms are recording during tumultuous markets.
According to HFR, about $13 billion was invested in event-driven hedge funds, primarily in special circumstance funds and distressed assets.
Despite the poor performance of equity and event-driven funds in the first quarter, overall hedge fund capital remained relatively unchanged from December, at $4 trillion.
Despite hedge funds losing 0.78 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index, they outperformed the S& P 500, which dropped 4.60 percent. find out more
Macro hedge funds, on the other hand, which bet on macroeconomic patterns, grew 6.8% in the quarter, navigating successfully through extremely volatile markets.