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Nordic hedge fund investors more demanding, sophisticated

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Markus Rudling
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Nordic investors demand openness, lucidity and clear line of communication from their hedge fund managers or they will walk out the door, a participant at the Opalesque Nordic Roundtable said.

This Roundtable was sponsored by Salus Alpha, a UCITS funds and managed accounts provider, and the exchange group Eurex; it was held in Stockholm, Sweden less than a month ago.

Markus Rudling, Head of Salus Alpha in the Nordic region said, "Even before the financial crisis, information, communication and transparency have been really key for the Nordic investor community. If you cannot communicate, if you cannot open up, if you cannot have a muted discussion, you will not have any investors, irrespective of what kind of performance you have or model or strategy you run. If the investors and the seller do not meet in the middle, nothing will happen."

Commenting on the evolution of the Nordic investor-base, Sven Thorén, portfolio manager of Catella Asset Management, noted that corporate bond funds have been popular in the region lately: "We launched a corporate bond fund in December 2010, Catella Nordic Fixed Income Opportunities Fund, and during......................

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