Credit Suisse survey seeks to separate fact from fiction

Mon Apr 4, 2011

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Research aimed to dispell myths by testing assumptions such as whether funds of funds genuinely ‘faster in but faster out’ than pensions


Edgar Senior
In the 2011 global survey of hedge fund investor appetite and activity, Credit Suisse has interviewed more than 600 institutional investors representing $1.2 trillion of allocations to single-manager hedge funds, to see if for the first time in three years it is possible to step back and assess the emerging equilibrium of the hedge fund industry.

The aim of this survey was to separate some of the facts from the fiction, says Edgar Senior, managing director and global co-head of capital services at Credit Suisse in London. In addition to getting a continuing picture of investor habits, the survey tested many different assumptions, such as "Are funds of funds genuinely 'faster in but faster out' than pensions" -so that some of the myths could be dispelled.

To answer this particular question, Credit Suisse got investors to estimate what percentage of their portfolios they typically redeemed from every year....

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