New hedge funds are beginning to launch again in 2017, after an extended dry spell. At least according to Preqin
Some of this may be based on the improved performance of many hedge funds to kick off 2017. In the first quarter of 2017, hedge funds gained more than 3% and outperformed fund of funds, UCITS, mutual funds , and CTA's.
Around 2/3 of new hedge fund launches were in North America, dominating Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world in terms of new hedge fund launches.