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More investors allocated $1bn or more to hedge funds in last 12 months

Monday, May 29, 2017

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

The Billion Dollar Club of hedge fund investors - those allocating $1bn or more to the industry - is still expanding, according to Preqin, a research house. And so is its influence over the industry, which should lead to better alignment of interests.

A net eight joined the club in the 12 months to June 2017: 36 investors entered the club while 28 exited. The club now includes 242 institutions.

And the level of capital invested in hedge funds by this club has grow by 6%, to $805bn - accounting for almost a quarter of the total institutional capital allocated to hedge funds, or one in every four dollars.

Public pension funds have the largest representation (28%) in the club, and did so in the last couple of years too. They have had the highest number of new entrants (11) in the last year. Next come sovereign wealth funds and private sector pension funds.

Source: Preqin

Geographically, North America predictably accounts for the greatest proportion (61%) of capital invested in hedge funds by the Billion Dollar Club, while Europe-based investors account for just over a fifth, and Asia accounts for 9%.

The club members are, also predictably, more enthusiastic about hedge funds than other investors. They typically allocate 16% of ......................

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