Global macro sought by alternative Ucits investors

Wold-communicationGlobal macro-discretionary is the preferred strategy for more than half of 50 active investors who were surveyed about their allocations to Ucits funds that employ alternative investment strategies. The finding, by ML Capital Asset Management, reflects continued interest in global macro in the alternative Ucits sector. The survey, which has been carried out for the last five quarters, also found that interest in commodity trading advisers is maintained. The ML Alternative Ucits Barometer surveyed 50 investors with over €80 billion and who invest upwards of €30 billion into alternative Ucits funds. With 54% of respondents looking to increase their exposure to global macro-discretionary, this strategy is currently the most popular. But there is also considerable demand this quarter for equity managers, with a preference for global and US managers. Indeed all equity strategies have seen a rise in demand, excluding Japanese and Latin American strategies. Long/short global emerging market equities are once again the preferred equity strategy this quarter with 52% of respondents looking to increase exposure. The biggest losers are European long/short and UK long/short. However, there was a stabilisation in the reduction of exposure to UK long/short and some respondents were increasing their allocations for the first time in three quarters. ©2012 funds europe

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