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Alceda reports that demand for alternative UCITS continues

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Alceda has published its quarterly review of alternative UCITS finding that with equity markets continuing their rally into the third quarter, the demand for alternative UCITS strategies has continued. The firm writes: "In particular we have seen a significant increase in the demand for equity strategies as investors increasingly appear to be seeking higher returns and diversification through alpha."

The new and revised universe of UCITS funds overseen by Alceda now includes 454 funds with assets under management of Ä154.5bn, a growth of 2.6% on the previous quarter.

The firm writes that after a difficult second quarter alternative UCITS strategies rebounded in Q3 with the AH Global UCITS Index advancing 1.09%. "The constructive equity market backdrop has proved fertile for Equity Long Short managers with the AH Equity Long Short Index the top performing alternative UCITS strategy this year up 7.68%. 2012 saw a similar pattern with Equity Long Short also leading alternative strategies with a return of 6.19%. Given this strong performance it is unsurprising that funds in this space have been generating strong investor interest, with strong net asset flows into equity strategies this year."

Equity Long Short UCITS funds have performed only marginally behind their offshore equivalent funds however they have achieved this with a lower level volatility. Alceda finds that on a risk adju......................

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