Survey Says Hedge Funds To Decline In Importance

Nov 11 2008 | 4:41am ET

It’s not surprise that, with hedge fund returns down in the dumps, investors are becoming more reticent about an asset class they once couldn’t get enough of.

A new survey of financial advisers and institutional investors by Morningstar and Barron’s magazine finds widespread concern about the lack of liquidity in hedge funds, which more than half of respondents citing it as a reason to hesitate in picking hedge funds. Advisers and institutions also worry about the industry’s lack of transparency and fee structure.

More alarming for the industry, many of those surveyed may be planning to do something about those concerns. Almost half of financial advisers and 37% of institutions told Morningstar that they expect hedge funds to become somewhat less or much less important parts of their portfolios over the next five years. By contrast, just a quarter of advisers and 30% of institutions expect hedge funds to become more important to their portfolios.

“Our survey found that both institutions and advisors want alternative investments that are liquid, transparent, and regulated like traditional investments,” said Steve Deutsch, director of separate accounts and collective investment trusts at Morningstar. “This demand is driving the convergence of traditional and alternative money management. We're seeing more alternative investment strategies in mutual funds and ETFs, higher prevalence of retail and alternative money managers competing for assets under management, and traditional money managers acquiring, merging with, or recruiting alternative investment expertise.”


In Depth

Kettera Q&A: The Advantages of Alternative Investment Platforms

Oct 28 2016 | 5:52pm ET

The past several years have seen a distinct push towards easier and cheaper access...

Lifestyle

Trump Attends 'Villains and Heroes' Costume Party Dressed As...Himself

Dec 5 2016 | 11:16pm ET

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump attended a "Villains and Heroes" costume party...

Guest Contributor

Nowhere to Hide: Why the Future of Asset Management Depends on Innovation

Nov 15 2016 | 6:55pm ET

Information technology has reshaped the asset management industry’s periphery,...

 

From the current issue of

Chicago-based independent futures brokerage and clearing firm R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO) has hired industry veteran Daniel Staniford as Executive Director, responsible for the firm’s institutional business development in New York and London.

AVAILABLE NOW at BARNES & NOBLE

NEWSTAND LOCATOR