A total of 192 funds closed up shop Q2 2012 alone.
In terms of launches, there were 304 in Q1 and 245 in Q2 2012, the latter being the lowest quarterly total since Q4 2010.
Industry performance declined in the second quarter of ‘12, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index falling 2.8%, although performance improved through the end of August, with the index gaining 1.7% in the first two months of the third quarter.
The gap between the top and bottom decile of funds narrowed to 23.2% in Q2, with the top decile reporting an average gain of 7.0% and the bottom reporting an average decline of 16.2%.
Management fees remained largely unchanged at 1.57% across the industry, although funds launched in 2012 carried an average fee of 1.65%. Incentive fees were also up industry-wide, adding 4 basis points to 18.76% while funds launched in 2012 carried average incentive fees of 18.23%—up 15 basis points over funds launched in 2011. Over 80% of funds charge incentive fees between 16 and 20%.