Institutional Investors

Wed Feb 1, 2006


Big players wake up


Like elsewhere in the global hedge fund market, South African private clients were historically the main driving force behind the industry's rapid growth. But, in recent years, the sleeping giants of institutional investment have begun to wake up to the attractions of hedge funds. Although regulations only allow pension funds to invest 2.5% of their total assets into alternative investments, if even a small portion of the pension fund savings pool of R1.3 trillion were directed towards hedge funds, overall hedge fund assets would jump by R30 billion and swamp available capacity.

Because of the steep learning curve that most pension funds trustees still have to climb, pension funds have so far only dipped their toe into the water. Nevertheless, there is a...

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