Institutions still wedded to hedge funds, but business models will change

Thu May 7, 2009


Six recent surveys all conclude that hedge funds still have a place in institutional portfolios despite the market meltdowns of 2008



See Greenwich/Quinnipiac key findings
See State Street survey & key findings
See Deutsche Bank survey & key findings
See Bank of New York Mellon/Casey Quirk survey & key findings
See Morgan Stanley survey & key findings
See Casey Quirk/eVestment Alliance survey & key findings

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics - yet in a market where information is scarce, hedge funds and funds of hedge funds depend on such statistical surveys. So which investor survey gives the best information? This analysis is a snapshot of seven of the industry's most prominent recent surveys as they apply to investor trends.

Morgan Stanley and State Street interviewed largely US-based institutional investors, with the latter interviewing investors (no hedge funds) with assets totaling some $1 trillion under management.

The most recent survey of 160 groups by Casey Quirk and The Bank of New York Mellon is largely about what it will take to build the hedge fund firm of the future...

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