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Family offices set to increase hedge fund allocations for 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The fast-growing family offices that manage estates and investments for the wealthy are set to increase hedge fund allocations during 2019.

According to Family Office Networks (FON), the appetite for various hedge fund strategies is increasing.

More capital is being allocated to traditional Long/Short, Global Macro and Managed Futures strategies as family offices seek to hedge against recent volatility in the marketplace, FON, a network of 10,000 global family offices with $15tn in assets, said.

In addition, FON is seeing newer strategies grow in popularity for investment such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and cannabis funds.

A press release from FON cited Andrew Schneider, its Founder and CEO as saying: "Roughly 30% of the family offices that we have surveyed over the past few months have mentioned that they plan on increasing their allocation into hedge fund products. With the broader capital markets being down last year, family offices are looking for preservation of capital."

"We are seeing a surge in interest in the hedge fund sector among substantial families which is good news for managers who seek allocations from family offices. Often, however, family offices can be hard to find and challenging for fund managers to get in front of them to tell their story," Schneider added.

"We're planning to allocate an additional 10% to hedge funds in the first quarter of this year and are in the process of conduc......................

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