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Hedge fund professionals nervous about shifting trade policy

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

A new survey of alternative investment professionals has found that hedge fund and private equity executives alike predict moderate economic growth for the second half of this year.

Hedge fund executives are nervous about fluctuations in international trade policy and named this as their top challenge for the year ahead, the survey said.

40% of hedge fund respondents noted shifting trade rules as a key concern, outpacing other challenges including pressure from SEC regulations (27%) and difficulties in incorporating new technologies (18%).

Conducted on-site at EisnerAmper's 4th Annual Alternative Investment Summit in New York, the survey polled 120 senior industry leaders from the hedge fund, private equity/venture capital (PE/VC), and institutional investor audience on their sentiment surrounding the industry and economy.

Hedge fund executives were more likely than their PE/VC counterparts to expect additional tariffs on Chinese goods. More than half (51%) of hedge fund executives anticipate additional tariffs, versus just 28% who do not expect new taxes on Chinese imports.

Conversely, just one-third of PE/VC executives anticipate new tariffs versus nearly half (46%) who oppose the prediction.

In terms of innovation, hedge funds continue to implement AI and machine learning tools, albeit at a slow pace. Just over one-fifth of executives note that their hedge fund utilizes these tools to make investments or tra......................

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