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Despite predicted outflows, some hedge fund strategies and fund types may raise more capital than others

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Following a difficult 2016, 2017 looks to be another challenging year for fundraising, data provider Preqin said in its latest Hedge Fund Spotlight.

In its December 2015 interviews with investors Preqin noted that more investors planned to reduce their allocations than increase their exposure, the first time on record; this was followed by a year of outflows last year. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, a greater proportion of investors surveyed by Preqin plan to decrease (38%) their allocation to hedge funds than increase (20%) it. With outflows accelerating over 2016, and more investors planning to reduce their allocations in 2017 than there were in 2016, the industry may even see larger outflows over the forthcoming year than those recorded in 2016.

Some strategies and fund types may have more success in raising capital than others

"Although there may be continued outflows from hedge funds as a whole over 2017, Preqin's December 2016 interviews with investors indicate that some strategies and fund types may have more success in raising capital than others," Preqin said in its report indicating some silver lining ahead for some strategies.

Relative value strategies look set to attract the attention of investors in 2017. Over a quarter (26%) of investors with exposure to relative value strategies plan to increase their allocation over the year; in contrast, jus......................

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