Survey: MENA Investors Favor Large Hedge Funds

Sep 15 2009 | 9:47am ET

Investors in the Middle East and North African region (MENA) prefer to invest in large hedge funds with long track records and high levels of liquidity, according to a new survey.

Capintro Partners, an investment placement specialist that focuses on introducing global alternative investment managers to MENA investors, released the results of its first Middle East Hedge Fund Investor Survey this week.

Other findings of the survey show that family offices in the MENA region allocate a larger percentage of their portfolio to hedge funds than do other institutions. Respondents also favor strategies such as distressed, global macro and CTAs for the near term, and they expect that emerging markets, the United States and Asia (excluding Japan) will outperform in 2009.

The survey questioned 65 investors from eight countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon.

“This research serves multiple purposes; it allows global fund managers to hear directly from investors with regards to questions they typically have such as what type of hedge funds MENA investors invest in and what their investment criteria are,” said Mahmoud Al-Khawaja, CEO of Capintro.  “We also wanted to play our part in the development of the hedge fund industry in the region by moving away from anecdotal evidence to more factual statistics and data analyzing investor behavior.”

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