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Cube predicts doubling of institutional investment in hedge funds

Monday, March 07, 2011

By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

London based global alternative investment firm, Cube Capital, has expanded its offering to outside investors, having discovered, since 2008, that investors like what it is offering. In a recent announcement, the firm declared that it expects the average pension fund allocation to hedge funds, which currently stands at 5% in the US and slightly less than that in Europe, to double over the next three years.

Other predictions include that those allocating for the first time will use funds of funds as that does not require additional resources from the plan sponsor or an additional specialist consultant and has been a successful path for their peers and that those increasing their allocations will use a mix of direct hedge funds and niche fund of hedge funds as satellites to complement their existing core exposure with the more generic asset allocator fund of hedge funds.

Peter Madsen, director of business development with $1.2bn Cube Capital explains that the firm was founded in 2003 by three partners from the investment management and banking world to look after the assets of a group of high net worth investors. In 2010, the firm decided to open their services up to outside investors and now 10% of their money under management comes from pensions and charities based in the UK and the US.

"Our experience in 2008 and 2009 made us realise that we had more one of the more competitive offerings around in the market pl......................

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