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Hedge fund administrators continue to grow, technology a leading cost driver

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

As regulation and reporting requirements grow for alternative investments, hedge fund administrators are growing as well. Assets under administration (AuA) are now up 6.23% to $6.37tn in the second half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2013, according to the results of the annual eVestment Alternative Fund Administrator Survey. This is the 14th edition of the administrator survey eVestment has conducted and the first to expand beyond administrators’ hedge fund and funds of funds capabilities to include information on private equity, real estate, alternative ’40 Act funds and UCITS.

Even though costs are on the rise for hedge funds in light of new compliance requirements, technology requirements, and an overall move toward institutional grade funds structures, investors continue to allocate to the industry. Alternative fund assets reported for eVestment’s administrator surveys have increased at an annual rate of 3.83% since 2008. Industry observers have argued that the allocations to the industry post-2008 represent a stickier client as institutions, family offices and high net worth individuals learned lessons after the crisis and have become more savvy about their investments.

As compliance requirements mount, administrators who responded to the survey were quick to note ......................

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