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Institutional interest in private markets lifts hedge funds and funds of funds assets

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

According to the 2019 eVestment Alternative Fund Administration Survey, the median respondent grew real assets under administration by +20.64% year-over-year and private equity and debt AUA by +11.35%.

The survey also said that private markets general partners continued to adopt third-party fund administration at a rapid clip, which aligns with the overall rising interest in this asset class among institutional investors. Institutional investors have increasingly turned to alternatives as a means of improving performance and diversifying their portfolios.

Fund administrators have stepped in as partners to asset managers as the subsequent demand for institutional quality infrastructure translates into an added emphasis on operational accuracy, flexibility and timeliness.

Participating firms reported private equity, hedge fund, real assets, funds of funds and liquid alternatives assets under administration of $10tn, an increase of +18.78% year-over-year.

The funds of hedge funds segment saw a resurgence in 2018 with median participant FoHF AUA growing +10.99% year-over-year. This is compared to +4.13% for median hedge fund AUA growth, one of the lowest readings in recent memory.

Fund administrators emphasized the build out of front-/middle-office and data management offerings as a means to servicing more of their clients' needs and to increasing wallet share.

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