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INDUSTRY Trends/Developments

Family Offices Bypassing Fund Managers

In a potentially troubling trend for hedge funds, family offices are increasingly willing to invest directly in alternative assets and complex situations.

The world’s wealthiest families have long been among the most prolific allocators to hedge funds, with some surveys indicating family offices, on average, deploy 25% of their capital to hedged strategies. But disillusionment with fund performance and fees is prompting family offices from New York to Monaco to analyze and execute alternative investments in-house — even if that means paying top dollar to hire seasoned investment professionals...

Hedge funds realise going long has its rewards

Buying stocks and hoping they gain in price was once considered the poor cousin of hedge fund investing. But as the industry looks to recover from its first annual drop in assets since the financial crisis, high-flying fund managers are being forced to think again.

One of the hottest areas of growth for some of the world’s largest hedge funds, including CQS, DE Shaw, and Man Group, is now the long-only funds where the formula simply echoes that of the stockpicker more often found in the traditional asset management industry...

Quant funds train sights on private equity market

Maths-savvy, computer-toting investors have already disrupted traditional tactics in asset management. Next in their sights is the red-hot private equity world.

Private buyout funds are basking in enormous investor appetite, and have less pressure on fees than their counterparts in mainstream asset management...