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35% of Swiss asset management institutions manage hedge funds

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

B. G., Opalesque Geneva:

According to the Swiss Funds & Asset Management Association (SFMA)'s just published report called Alternative Investments in Switzerland, Swiss asset management institutions offer products and expertise in a variety of alternative asset classes like real estate (38% of the asset management institutions offer real estate products), hedge funds (35%), private equity (32%), commodities (28%), infrastructure (25%), and insurance linked securities (15%).

Asset management companies based in Switzerland manage roughly CHF 2,200bn ($2,158bn) for domestic and international investors, says the report.

In terms of assets under management, Switzerland is the fourth largest asset management location in Europe, after the UK, France, and Germany. Considering assets under management per capita, Switzerland holds the top position globally among all major asset management locations.

Research house Preqin reported in 2017 that Switzerland had the largest hedge fund industry in mainland Europe, accounting for 1.3% of global assets, 123 hedge fund managers, and $43bn in AuM. Geneva and Zurich are the hubs of activity and were home to 72 and 64 active inves......................

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