Hedge funds will take in record net new assets in 2012, predicts consultancy Agecroft Partners, based on interviews with more than 2,000 institutional investors. In 2011, hedge funds took in $67 billion, to reach $1.72 trillion.

In fact, most major hedge fund investor segments are likely to kick their investments up a notch, with increased scrutiny on relative performance, Agecroft says. Well-known brands on the one hand, and nimble small and mid-sized managers on the other, are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of hedge fund money in motion.

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