The demand for global macro and managed futures strategies has roughly doubled among investors in alternative Ucits products, according to a survey by investment firm ML Capital.
About 60% of alternative Ucits investors say they are using more of these strategies, up from about 30% last quarter.
The company surveyed investors including banks, wealth managers and pension funds with a total of €30 billion invested in alternative Ucits strategies.
Global macro strategies aim to take long and short positions based on predictions of macroeconomic events, including everything from interest rate rises to political changes. Managed futures is a strategy for investing in commodities. Typically operated by a commodity trading adviser, the strategy can take long and short positions on futures contracts and options.
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