Institutional interest gathers pace

Fri Dec 2, 2011

Liquidity, transparency and regulatory control spur demand

Chris Adams 
BNP Paribas Securities Services 
Although funds of UCITS funds have so far failed to live up to expectations, confidence in the continued growth of the broader UCITS movement appears to be strong.

In a recent survey of investor attitudes, Alix Capital found that 69% of its survey respondents planned to increase their UCITS allocation, with 20% remaining neutral and only 11% not intending to invest in UCITS.

Granted, this survey was undertaken before the third quarter of 2011, which played merry havoc with hedge fund performance across the board. But another survey, published by Deutsche Bank, shows how strongly investor demand for UCITS-compliant funds has evolved even in the past 12 months.

In Deutsche’s 2010 UCITS III Absolute Return Investment survey, 32.9% of respondents said they would rather invest in a UCITS fund than in a Cayman version of the same fund. By 2011, this had...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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