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Strong returns to push demand for hedge funds

Friday, July 03, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The strong returns of hedge funds in the first half of 2015 is seen to attract billions of dollars of new money into the industry in the next six months despite some fund managers sustaining losses from the Greek debt problem last June, Peter Laurelli, eVestment's head of research said.

In a report, Reuters said eVestment is forecasting hedge funds that are focused on stock betting are seen to take in at least $14 billion in fresh inflows in the second half of this year, doubling the amount that flowed into the industry since May.

Laurelli was quoted as saying, "There are a lot of assets in play and what is driving these flows to hedge funds is a redistribution away from traditional exposures."

Industry experts said hedge funds would benefit from current trend as investors are looking for funds that can provide them better returns amidst concerns over the Greece debt crisis, slowing Chinese economy and the forthcoming Federal Reserve interest rate hikes.

Latest data from Hedge Fund Research showed that hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500 in the first half of 2015 with an aggregate return of 1.27%. The S&P 500 was relatively flat during the same period.

The report also quoted Troy Gayeski, senior portfolio manager at SkyBridge Cap......................

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