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Investor demand fuelling dramatic growth of hedge fund liquid alternatives, says DB study

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The percentage of participating investors allocating liquid alternative investments rose from 28 per cent to 51 per cent year-on-year, according to a study by Deutsche Bank.

The study – From Alternatives to Mainstream (Part Two) – saw almost three quarters of alternative UCITS investors and nearly two thirds of investors into alternative ‘40 Act mutual funds planning to increase their allocations.
 
Liquid alternative investments are now the fastest growing part of the asset management industry. Alternative UCITS assets have grown over 40 per cent annually since 2008, whilst the hedge fund industry has grown 13 per cent and the wider European UCITS industry only two per cent. Alternative mutual funds have grown by 38 per cent annually during this period, compared to nine per cent for US mutual fund industry.
 
Hedge funds have moved into the mainstream marketplace at an accelerated pace, bringing new products to market and driving asset growth.
 
Daniel Caplan, European head of global prime finance at Deutsche Bank, says: “The growth of liquid alternatives is a very real opportunity for investors who have previously been unable to access hedge fund strategies to do so in a liquid and regulated structure.”
 
Anita Nemes, global head of capital introduction at Deutsche Bank, says: “Liquid alternatives are the fastest growing segment of the asset management industry. This presents a significant opportunity for investors to access better risk-adjusted returns, and also for hedge fund managers who are increasingly becoming solution providers to their investors.”

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