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Cat bonds & ILS perhaps best diversifying hedge fund strategy of Q1 2024

The global hedge fund industry had a strong first-quarter to 2024, adding significant assets under management and delivering strong returns across many strategies. But, when it comes to investment strategies that can be truly diversifying, versus broader economic and capital market trends, catastrophe bonds and ILS were perhaps the best.

According to hedge fund data provider HFR, global hedge fund investment assets under management grew to a record $4.3 trillion in the first-quarter of 2024.

That was an increase of $190 billion, HFR said, which is a lot of additional capital to put to work, as investors seek out positioning to offset perceived growth in geopolitical risk, but on a percentage basis that is only growth of 5% in assets during the period.


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