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Who are the investors investing over $1bn in hedge funds?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Research company Preqin has examined the largest investors that are currently active in hedge funds – those with $1bn or more allocated to hedge fund investments ("$1bn Club"). Collectively, this pool of investors allocates vast sums of capital to the hedge fund sector; approximately one dollar in every four invested in hedge funds today comes from the coffers of an institution with $1bn or more invested in hedge funds.

The following investor segments are all investing in hedge funds: Public Pension Funds, Private Sector Pension Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Endowment Plans, Asset Managers, Insurance Companies, Foundations, Wealth Managers, Banks, Family Offices and Other Investment Trusts.

No mass exit from hedge funds

Combined, this group of investors are of great influence within the hedge fund industry. Their investments have come under scrutiny in recent years, particularly as a result of a handful of high-profile institutions, notably starting with CalPERS in September 2014 and latterly NYCERS in 2016, deciding to cut hedge funds from their portfolios entirely. With factors such as fees, performance and ultimately the value of hedge fund investments often cited as a deciding factor in cutting hedge funds from the holdings of some of these large investors, the question that is often asked is: "is this the start of a mass exit from hedge fund investment among the largest investors in hedge funds?"

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