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2015 to bring solid growth for hedge funds, inflows in 2014 almost doubled

Friday, January 02, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The hedge fund industry is well positioned for another year of solid growth in 2015, said eVestment in its 2015 Hedge Fund Industry Outlook released on Tuesday. It said that the roles of hedge funds, and the expectations of their results, have become better defined for institutional investors’ portfolios.

According to the report, while there will always be investors for whom certain strategies do not fit within their scope or scale, the global institutional investment landscape dwarfs any one participant. With long-term trends in place and the future of global markets ever uncertain, hedge funds will continue to evolve into an institutional staple, with some casualties and great successes along the way.

"Entering 2014, we believed the demand for hedge fund products would surpass that of 2013. Through November 2014, investors allocated 80% more to hedge funds than in the full twelve months of 2013, over $112bn. This represents not only the largest inflows into the industry on an absolute basis since 2007, but also surpasses 2010 on a rate-of-growth basis. To understand why this happened, particularly when 'the industry’ was broadly described as "underperforming" in 2013, we need to recognize that the long-term trend, driven by institutional portfolio allocation decisions, determines the i......................

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