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Top 5 Hedge Funds for 2022

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Hedge funds are a risky business. Managers of these funds take an active investing approach which includes taking short positions, using leverage and participating in derivatives, options and futures markets. 

That being said, in downward market conditions, a helping hand from experts can be worth the extra fees for some. Here are some of the top hedge funds to choose from and what they’re best for.

Elliot Management — Best for Management Experience

Elliot Management is considered one of the best hedge funds internationally. It has a 55-year-long history with over $50 billion in assets under management. It won the awards for both Multistrategy Hedge Fund Manager of the Year and Institutional Hedge Fund Manager of the Year in 2022.

The firm targets certain sectors — energy in particular. As such, Elliot Management faces superior potential upside if commodities such as oil continue their upward trajectory. But, similarly, there could be major downsides should the price of oil start to slip.

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Bridgewater Associates — Best for Emerging Markets Exposure

Bridgewater Associates is one of the top hedge funds in the world, with more than $235 billion in assets under management. Its founder, Ray Dalio, started the firm back in 1975 and has become one of the best-selling authors in the financial space.

The firm’s first hedge fund was launched in 1991 and since then it has had an average annualized return of 11.4%. Fast-forward to 2022 and Bridgewater has delivered returns of 32% in the first half of this year.

One of the primary drivers of Bridgewater’s 2022 success so far has been taking short positions against major European stocks. Some of these include global apparel giant Adidas (ADS) and the enterprise resource planning software company, SAP (SAP).

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Man Group — Best for ESG Investing

Man Group offers a mix of long-short funds, private market funds, real estate funds, multi-asset funds and fixed funds. All of these are available through Man Group and its subsidiaries, which include AHL, Numeric, GLG, GPM and FRM. One of Man Group’s core values is responsible investing, which it achieves through its funds’ compliance with ESG investing goals.

Man Group’s quant fund has gained 29.2% this year, its second-best performing year since it launched in 1999. It’s important to note these types of actively managed funds can perform particularly well in both bull and bear markets by analyzing price trends. As a result, it may attract investors for the foreseeable future given current economic conditions.

AUM was just shy of $150 billion at the end of 2021, but Man Group has clawed a further $13.7 billion worth of inflows to its funds in recent months.

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Blackrock — Best for Risk Management

Blackrock provides a wide array of funds focusing on different secular and industry trends across global markets. Its investing approach revolves around the economic transition to net zero carbon emissions. It has 190,000 financial advisors hand-selecting portfolio assets, and the firm has helped 44 million Americans arrange suitable retirement plans. 

Remaining bearish on the market, some of the firm’s top hedge funds are predicting stock prices will continue to fall in 2022. As inflation is one of the key themes highlighted, Blackrock’s funds have altered their approach so as to take advantage of hedging strategies.

Accommodating excessive volatility and unrelenting inflation makes it a favorable choice for the foreseeable future.

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Tiger Global — Best for Long-Term Growth

While top hedge funds that choose to invest in value stocks have outperformed benchmark indexes such as the S&P 500, Tiger Global hasn’t been so lucky. The hedge fund’s assets have been cut in half in 2022, as it topped 50% losses year-to-date. However, it does display some interesting characteristics that could prime it for a rebound.

Its focus on innovation in both private and public markets — primarily through internet, software, consumer and fintech companies — has proved favorable over the long term. The top equity holdings across its portfolio illustrate this, showing multiple growth stock winners.

Final Take

Hedge funds have been judged harshly for historical underperformance relative to their benchmarks. However, this year, they have collectively outperformed the market. This demonstrates the ability of hedge funds to manage risk in volatile, downward markets more effectively. 

Hedge Funds FAQs

Here are some common questions investors ask about hedge funds.
  • What is the number one hedge fund?
    • Based on assets under management, Bridgewater Associates is the largest hedge fund in the world, with more than $235 billion being managed.
  • What are the top 5 hedge fund stocks?
    • The largest holdings by hedge funds are Facebook -- now known as Meta Platforms (META), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG).
  • What are the top 10 stocks held by hedge funds?
    • The top 10 stocks held by hedge funds are Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Meta Platforms (META), Google (GOOG), Visa (VISA), MasterCard (MA), Uber (UBER), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Apple (AAPL) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B).

Information is accurate as of July 21, 2022.