Hedge Fund liabilities, exposure from derivatives, and leveraged loans all hit new all time high in 2023:Q1.

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  • This table shows the aggregate assets and liabilities of hedge funds that file Form PF with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Unlike table B.101.f in the regular Financial Accounts publication, which reports assets and liabilities of domestic hedge funds only, this table presents data on all hedge funds that file Form PF, both domestic and foreign.
  • The first part of the table reports the long position for the respective asset categories, with derivative exposure being excluded.
  • The second part of the table reports the liability items, which detail the source of borrowing. A memo item reports total long derivative exposure.

Source: www.federalreserve.gov/releases/efa/all_hedge_funds_balance_sheet.csv


Hedge funds are private funds that pool investors’ money and invest in a wide range of assets. Private funds are excluded from the definition of investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 by section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of that Act, and are therefore not subject to some regulations intended to protect investors. As a result, hedge funds are not included in the mutual fund sectors of the Financial Accounts. Hedge funds typically require a high minimum investment and are only open to accredited investors, such as wealthy individuals and institutional investors, for example, pension funds and insurance companies. Hedge funds typically have more flexible investment strategies than mutual funds and often employ leverage. Hedge funds hold a wide variety of asset types which can include derivatives, currencies, and real estate, in addition to equities and fixed income instruments. Investors in hedge funds can face limitations on redemptions of shares, which differs from the daily redemption requirements of mutual funds.

Hedge funds must file Form PF if they have investment advisors that are registered or are required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), manage one or more private funds, and have at least $150 million in private fund assets under management. Smaller hedge funds file Form PF annually while qualifying hedge funds – those with at least $500 million in assets under management – must file quarterly and report more detail on their assets and liabilities. Commodity pools that elect to file Form PF as hedge funds are included.

Different methodological choices and revisions to Form PF filings can lead to small differences between the hedge funds’ aggregate balance sheet presented here and the SEC’s private fund statistics. The technical Q&A of the Financial Accounts provides more detail on how the hedge fund balance sheet is estimated. The methodology used to estimate the split of the gross asset value on different instruments includes information from Question 26 and 30 of Form PF.

The hedge funds sector has not been fully incorporated in the regular Financial Accounts publication. Hedge funds domiciled abroad are included in the rest of the world sector. In contrast, the assets of domestic hedge funds are usually assigned to the household sector, which is a residual holder on many instruments.

About the Enhanced Financial Accounts (EFAs):

The Enhanced Financial Accounts initiative is a long-term effort to augment the Financial Accounts of the United States with a richer and more detailed picture of financial intermediation and interconnections. As part of this initiative, we are providing supplementary information that offers finer detail, additional types of activities, higher-frequency data, and more-disaggregated data, even if such data are not available for all sectors or easily incorporated into the existing structure of the Financial Accounts. Many of the EFA projects are accompanied by FEDS Notes that provide additional information or context. Like all Financial Accounts data, EFA data are updated regularly and subject to revision.


  • The Fed’s Enhanced Financial Accounts (EFAs) on Hedge Funds: Hedge Fund liabilities hit new all time high in 2023:Q1.
  • Hedge Fund exposure from derivatives grew 4.47% or $354.91 Billion from 2022:Q4 to 2023:Q1
  • Loans and Leveraged Loans hit a new all-time high.
  • Security repurchase agreements also hit an all-time high.
  • Hedgies are fuk!
  • Post backed up with scrollable data here
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