Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:
Ernst & Young have released their annual global hedge fund survey, which looks at how managers and investors view the industry. Strategic growth topped hedge fund manager ambitions this year although static allocations tempered some of those plans. Survey data reports that while managers want to grow their assets under management through new products and distribution channels, investors do not necessarily plan to increase allocations to hedge funds and are not interested in buying multiple products from one manager. 72% of investors say that they expect to maintain current allocation levels.
Despite this, managers remain bullish on the prospects for the industry. Managers with less than $10bn under management are budgeting for 15% growth in 2013. Much of the growth accounted for in that figure is likely to come from new clients looking to strategically add a manager to their portfolio, versus existing customers who want in on a new product.
Investors are also going around fund of funds to invest directly. More than 75% of hedge fund managers in Europe and North America say that direct investment has increased and most expect this trend to continue. An increasing proportion of managers expect that they will work with investment consultants in the coming years, which......................
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