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Investors grow wary as market risks rise

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Hedge fund investors are growing more concerned over slower economic growth in the year ahead, according to the results of a survey published today by BarclayHedge and Markov Processes International (MPI).

According to the survey, more than one third (38%) of respondents listed slower growth as the biggest risk in 2019, a significant jump from March, when 12 percent of respondents listed it as the top risk. Two other top investor concerns for 2019 are rising interest rates (29%) and a stock market reversal (21%). The results come on the heels of a separate report from the White House that the US government shutdown could eventually push the US economy into recession if it persists.

"What we're starting to see from investors is a growing interest in so-called uncorrelated strategies like global macro managed futures," said Rohtas Handa, EVP, Head of Institutional Solutions at MPI in an interview with Opalesque. "There's a desire to reposition portfolios so that they are insulated if the volatility we experienced in December is a more consistent theme in 2019."

One in four survey respondents (27%) believe the global macro managed futures sector will see the most interest in the next 12 months, up from 22 percent last year.

Investors are also looking at fixed income strategies - interest among investors jumped by 15 percent, up from two percent last year. Additionally, interest in equity strategies has dropped 8 per......................

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