Alternative Ucits strategies surge since financial crisis

Assets managed by alternative Ucits funds have grown 26% on average annually since 2008 to reach almost €400 billion – and two thirds of institutional investors expect to increase their allocations further moving forward, research has found.

According to Deutsche Bank, nearly 70% of institutional investors in its ‘Alternative Ucits Survey’ held these products and 5% planned to make their first investment before the end of the year.

The survey indicated that underlying investors of fund management firms were significant in the decision to allocate to alternatives Ucits funds, because 58% of respondents stated their investments resulted from client interest.

Anita Nemes, head of Deutsche Bank’s hedge fund capital group, said a growing number of hedge fund clients were embracing Ucits as a growth strategy for their businesses, leading to an increase in fund launches.

The survey gauged the opinions of 130 institutional investors, which collectively manage or advise on over €630 billion in hedge fund assets and €130 billion in alternative Ucits assets.

©2016 funds europe

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