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Opalesque Roundup: Emerging managers and ESG rank high on European investors' wish list: hedge fund news, week 37

Saturday, September 15, 2018

In the week ending September 14th 2018 a study showed that 75% of European investors prefer to allocate additional capital to new or emerging managers, defined as those with fewer than $300 million in assets or less than a three-year track record. Over half of investors (52%) said they are looking for a fund with a 1 to 3-year track record.

43% consider ESG, or other responsible investing factors, as part of their investment strategies, with 60% planning to increase their allocation to ESG- or impact-related funds in 2018. In contrast, institutional investors are still widely skeptical of cryptocurrencies, with less than 5% of European attendees surveyed investing in cryptocurrencies and only 3% planning to allocate to crypto funds in 2018.

72% of European investors are optimistic about the future of the alternative asset management industry, with more than half (60%) planning to increase their net positions in alternative investments by the end of 2018.

Another study revealed that the proportion of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) investing in hedge funds has steadily grown in recent years with 35% currently allocating to the asset class. Meanwhile, emerging markets alternative investment funds raised a total of $31bn in the first six months of the year, up by 11 % from $28bn in the same period last year and the size of the alternative investment industry is projected to grow by $2.5 trillion in the next three years.

Coming to indices, according to the HFRI Fund of Funds (Total) Index hedge funds posted gains in August 2018 with a ......................

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