Hedge Funds Set For Big Institutionally-Backed Inflows

Jun 16 2010 | 12:31pm ET

After a brutal May and some recent outflows, it may seem an odd time for a buoyantly optimistic prediction about the hedge fund industry. But that’s just what Casey Quirk’s Yariv Itah had to offer at yesterday’s GAIM conference in Monaco.

Itah told the assembled conferees that increased investments from family offices and pension funds will push total industry assets to $3 trillion by 2013.

“Wherever we look, this industry is poised for growth,” Itah said. Hedge funds “will be back to peak numbers pretty soon.”

The rest of the asset management industry will not be so lucky, and “will come back to its peak many years in the future.”

Itah said his bright outlook for hedge funds stems from a survey of institutional investors and family offices by his consulting firm, showing a major change in the way hedge funds are seen by these major investors.

“Hedge funds are being viewed as just another form of asset management,” he explained. “They can compete for the equity and fixed-income portions of a portfolio, and that will drive growth.”


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