Susan Barreto, deputy editor, InvestHedge
Investor appetite for hedge funds in 2009 may have been anaemic, but as hedge fund returns improved, the pace of new allocations has picked up and institutional hedge fund portfolios are set to handily make up the ground lost after the financial crisis of 2008. The first two months of 2010 already saw another $4.8 billion in newly awarded mandates, which is equal to all the new allocations that we recorded in during 2009.
A total of 65 institutional investors, with assets totalling nearly $1 trillion, made their hedge fund buying decisions public through InvestHedge's monthly mandate news summary during 2009. And, while only $5 billion of new money was put to work in hedge funds and funds of hedge funds in 2009, another $5 billion was waiting to be put to work at year-end.
Chalk it up to the lack of liquidity and...