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Air of uncertainty in fixed income strategies as quantitative easing ends

Monday, December 18, 2017

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

There is an air of uncertainty in fixed income strategies as the Fed ended quantitative easing. A recent survey by BarclayHedge amongst fund of funds managers and other large investors also found that a majority of redemption requests made this year came from fixed income investors.

According to BarclayHedge, more than 31% of the survey respondents reported outflows in fixed income in 2017, making it the leading sector for redemption requests. Twenty-two percent cited redemptions in global macro/managed futures, 19% selected multi-strategy, and 17% pointed to the equity hedged sector. Only 11% reported redemptions in the emerging/frontier markets sector.

"Now that the Fed has ended quantitative easing, there is uncertainty in the air regarding Fixed Income investments," says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. "With interest rates expected to continue rising, investor interest in hedge funds pursuing fixed income strategies is on the wane."

Equity hedged seen to attract most inflows in 2018

The BarclayHedge survey also reviewed investment portfolios of hedge fund managers and investors as well as their plans to best rebalance their holdings.

Fund of funds managers and other large investors also responded to questions regarding inflows and redemption requests for five major h......................

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