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Private equity tops the table for investor satisfaction, says Preqin

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Across alternative assets, investors are most satisfied with the performance of private equity funds: a significant 93% of respondents to Preqin's latest survey feel that the performance of the asset class has met or exceeded their expectations over the past 12 months.

This is hardly surprising since private equity funds have consistently produced double-digit returns across the one-, three-, five- and 10-year timeframes, said Preqin in its H2 2019 edition of 'Investor Outlook'.

Investors in private debt, real estate, and infrastructure funds are also largely satisfied with the performance of those asset classes; but for natural resources and hedge funds, the story is less positive.

Over a third, (37%) of surveyed investors were disappointed with their natural resources investments over the past year. That said, performance is not the main motivator for investing in natural resources: investors are primarily drawn by the low correlation to other asset classes and diversification benefits on offer.

Half of hedge fund investors upset on performance

Just under half (46%) of hedge fund investors told Preqin that performance had fallen short of expectations over the past year. After returning +12.06% in 2017, hedge funds disappointed investors with a return of -3.08% in 2018.

"This is unlikely to deter investors going into the second half of 2019 and into 2020, though, given that many investors believ......................

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