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Japanese investors to maintain allocations in hedge funds

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

A joint survey by the Japanese branch of global hedge fund industry association Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and Singapore-based data provider and research house Eurekahedge found that Japanese investors intend to maintain the size of their hedge fund allocations this year.

AIMA Japan and Eurekahedge surveyed more than 130 investors with over $3.8tln in assets and found that the average percentage of their alternative investment portfolio going to hedge funds will remain the same for 2014 as for 2013, at 72.5%.

Shinichiro Shiraki, Chair of AIMA Japan, said, "This survey is a further sign of very high satisfaction levels among investors about their hedge fund allocations. In Japan, as elsewhere globally, institutional investors recognize the many useful roles that hedge funds are able to play in their portfolios."

The survey follows strong recent performance by Japanese-investing hedge funds and funds of funds, which were up about 28% on average in 2013.

Many respondents indicated that they intend to raise their exposure to long/short equity hedge funds and event-driven strategies, with allocations on average being reduced to CTA/managed futures funds, macro funds and fixed income strategies.

The survey found that most Japanese investors plan ......................

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