Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli Associates's July's Monthly Spotlight found long/short credit funds are garnering interest.|
Highlights from this research:
Even though long/short credit funds only represent 2%, or $4.5 billion, of alternative mutual fund assets, the category experienced robust growth in 2012, boosting assets by 46%. It was the third-fastest growing among the alternative categories, behind MLP funds and inverse/bear market funds, which expanded by 115% and 67%, respectively.
Capping off what was already a downward trend in 2Q mutual funds flows, June outflows of -$47.3 billion displayed a level not seen in the vehicle since October 2008 (-$98.8 billion). These outflows dragged overall 2Q 2013 flows to $27.1 billion. International equity was the leading category in June, which also propelled it past taxable bond to the highest sales YTD.
ETFs experienced overall monthly net outflows of -$10.5 billion in June, which was the first time since June 2011. ETF managers with limited focus in the international equity, commodity, and long-term bond classes fared the best.
Alternative product development appears to have moderated in 2013 with only 15 new alternative mutual funds launched in the first quarter-but Cerulli anticipates many more new portfolios will be launched. Nearly 90% of asset managers that responded to a recent Cerulli survey reported plans to develop four or more alternative products during the next 12 months.