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Institutional investors struggle finding opportunities despite 2,798 private capital and 13,725 hedge funds on market

Friday, September 09, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

A survey by data provider Preqin amongst 490 institutional investors across the globe has found that a majority of them are finding it harder to identify attractive investment opportunities in the alternative assets space compared to a year ago.

With a record-high 2,798 private capital funds in market, and 13,725 hedge funds open for investment, choosing the right fund is challenging; 57% and 54% of real estate and infrastructure investors respectively are finding it harder to find attractive opportunities. At the same time, among private equity and hedge fund investors 47% and 46% respectively stated the same.

According to Mark O’Hare, chief executive at Preqin, "Institutional investors remain committed to alternative assets and, in most cases, far more investors expect to grow their allocations to these asset classes than intend to reduce them. However, it is undoubtedly a challenging time for investors, with an increasingly congested market making it difficult to select the right investment manager or vehicle, while fund managers face a battle in standing out from the crowd and attracting fresh investor capital."

Fund terms and marketing docs (!) key issues across the industry

Although private capital investors generally stated that they felt the balance of power with their fund manager was shifting towards them, there remain some aspects of the fund ......................

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