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Allocations to hedge funds rebound, now on par with private equity

Monday, November 22, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Although private equity has continued to outpace investor expectations by a wide margin, hedge funds' actively managed strategies proved attractive to investors, helping them to end several years of mixed performance and outperform investor expectations, said a study.

As such, allocations to hedge funds (28%) and private equity (27%) are now on par - a stark contrast to 2018 when hedge fund allocations (40%) outpaced private equity (18%) by a two to one margin, and in 2020, when private equity fund allocations (26%) exceeded hedge funds (23%), according to the 2021 Global Alternative Fund Survey by EY Americas.

Capital raising continues to be a priority, with two in five managers turning their focus to wealth management and retail channels for growth.

Managers, looking to broaden their LP base, given limitations that institutional investors may have on additional flows to alternatives, are identifying retail, High-Net-Worth, and Family Office investors to be favorable segments for raising assets.

In 2021 alternative funds increase the successful momentum they built in 2020 by delivering strong returns resulting in increased investor confidence, it revealed.

The study also found that one in four hedge fund managers expect to increase crypto exposure.

"Cryptocurrencies and the digital asset ecosystem perhaps garnered the most mainstream public interest during 2021. Alternative fund managers have become more active particip......................

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