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48% of investors to shift from hedge funds to other alternative products

Monday, December 19, 2016

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

According to EY’s 2016 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey, 48% of investors globally expect to shift their investments from traditional hedge funds to other alternative products over the next three to five years.

Differentiation has become essential, and those funds that strategically embrace change for the right reasons and modify their business model in a way that responds to investor demands will be the ones that prosper in the future, comments EY.

The survey made the following key observations:

Through 2016, investors have become more dominant. They have not only shown more investment knowledge and savviness, they are also demanding more for less, by opting for passive investment options or simply reducing their reliance on managers. And even if fees have come down, investors are still not satisfied with them. So managers have to face the challenge of achieving scale to maintain profitability.

Managers of different sizes have different priorities, the survey found. Small managers are feeling the pinch the most, so raising assets is crucial. The largest remain able to weather volatility and uncertainty, and are focusing more on supporting their business’ infrastructure and operating model to continue doing so. Meanwhile, mid-size managers are investing more in t......................

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