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Despite rocky 2018 performance, investors continue allocations to hedge funds

Despite a turbulent 2018, which culminated in year-end negative returns, assets under management (AUM) in the hedge fund industry are forecast to increase in 2019 and beyond as investors continue to look to these vehicles for downside protection, according to a report from Preqin.

Investors changing allocation preferences for alternatives

Investors are looking differently at hedge funds. Only 7 per cent plan increased allocations over the next three years, according to a survey of the global alternative fund industry by EY.

Start-up managers favoured by most investors for opportunistic strategies

Limited Partners (LPs) are increasingly investing in first-time funds because they are more entrepreneurial, better placed to deliver specialist strategies and more likely to produce higher return than more established firms, according to a recent study.

$1bn hedge fund club continues to dominate industry as investors

As hedge fund performance picked up in 2017, net inflows rose to $3. 61tn assets under management (AUM) by the end of March 2018. Assets managed by firms with at least $1bn in AUM surged over the past year, according to Preqin data.

Institutional investors need better tools to compare hedge funds and return streams

The top reasons given for investing in hedge funds were the potential for improved returns, diversification benefits, knowledge-sharing and learning and access to asset classes that are otherwise hard to source and manage, according to a report by CEM Benchmarking.

Investors concerned with volatility, interest rate rises and goring geopolitical risks

February’s spike in volatility caused nearly half (42.1 per cent) of investors to adjust their equity market outlook, according to the results of a survey by BarclayHedge and Markov Processes International (MPI).

Hedge fund creations outnumber closures at end of 2017 as AUM hits record high

Hedge fund launches exceeded liquidations in the last quarter of 2017 for the second consecutive quarter. At the same time total hedge fund industry assets under management(AUM) started 2018 at a record $3.21tn.