Nigel Sidebottom Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds that have been underperforming the last couple of years are facing liquidation. Most of these are investment trust hedge funds that were launched as absolute return strategies and that have failed to deliver their promised alphas.
A report has quoted Numis Securities, which said that the decision to liquidate underperforming hedge funds should be expected.
Numis said, “Numerous listed funds of hedge funds have wound up over the past few years and we believe that further consolidation is needed. In addition, listed funds are facing increased competition from UCITs funds, especially in long/short equity strategies.”
Investors are now heading towards open-ended funds under the European UCITS III director where they can move their money more frequently and the risk of discounts is nil. Nigel Sidebottom, the deputy chief investment officer at Premier Asset Management and the manager of the Premier Enterprise fund, commented that many investors have lost money from poorly performing hedge funds.
Amongst those facing liquidation is Cazenove Absolute Equity, the board of which will vote this week to determine if the fund will continue operating under its present set up. Cazenove’s board is proposing a change in its investment policy. Performance plunged in 2009 and 2010 and it has lagged its counterparts.
It was also reported in April that Trafalgar Asset Management is liquidating its flagship fund, the Trafalgar Catalyst fund as a result of "material" investor redemption requests.
According to Fund Web, shareholders of Dexion Equity Alternatives voted last week to restructure the fund and change the trust’s investment policy from a global fund of hedge funds to a hedge fund focused in American equity long/short hedge funds.