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Investors are moving away from simply investing in largest hedge funds

Friday, February 21, 2014

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Preqin’s latest survey found that the highest proportion of hedge fund investors (57%) are targeting managers with $1-5bn in assets, and the lowest proportion are targeting funds with more than $5bn, suggesting that investors are moving away from simply investing in the largest funds. Investors are also more open to consider smaller managers, especially those with a track record.

The report, titled "Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, H1 2014," examines the investment plans and views of more than 430 investors in alternative assets (including 148 institutional investors in hedge funds).

The total assets under management of the alternative assets industry now exceed $6tn, having grown by more than $600bn throughout 2013, according to the intelligence provider. The 13,000+ private equity, hedge fund, real estate and infrastructure funds that make it up are competing for investor capital.

Investors on the whole remain as positive about alternative funds as they were a year ago, especially private equity. 42% of investors in hedge funds perceive this asset class positively, and 84% stated that hedge fund returns had met or exceeded expectations.

A large proportion (92% for hedge fund investors) plan to put more or the same level of capital to work in the next 12 months as in th......................

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