One of the key questions facing asset managers, whether UCITS hedge funds are simply the fad du jour or a lasting component of the industry, was debated at the Absolute UCITS Conference.
The opening panel was made up of those who work at the coalface.
Members of the first panel at the conference: Beyond the fad
Moderator Joy Dunbar, editor of Absolute UCITS, introduced the topic pointing out that UCITS hedge funds had grown in importance since the global financial crisis, as they fulfilled investors need for a product that was capable of producing return while aiming to give some element of capital protection.
At the same time these products could offer relatively high liquidity and transparency. She told the audience that the sector was growing rapidly, and that the Absolute UCITS database currently contains over 800 funds (counting all fund classes), with this figure likely to top 1,200 by the...