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Pfaeffikon talking (3): ZHAW estimates there are 130 single hedge funds in Switzerland managing $24bn

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Regina Anhorn, researcher at the Centre of Alternative Investments & Risk Management, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, presented the rest of ZHAW’s latest hedge fund survey during an IIR conference in Pfaeffikon, Switzerland last week.

The position of the Swiss single hedge funds within Europe, with a market share of only 5%, has remained the same in the last few years, she said.

For 90% of the survey participants (single hedge funds and funds of hedge funds - FoHF), marketing and sales are the key functions carried out in Switzerland, followed by fund management and client services.

The survey confirms the industry is becoming institutionalised, and those institutions are benefiting as two third of respondents are charging their institutional clients a management fee of 1% maximum (1.5% for private clients).

Most respondents found that, following the financial crisis, growing regulatory pressure is the main challenge for their business. Other lesser challenges include lack of confidence from retail and private clients, demand for liquidity, need for better operational infrast......................

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