Industry Analysis

FoHF 40 Act assets hit $20bn despite negative performance

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Investors embrace RICs as ‘retail’ asset-gathering wave continues to gain momentum

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By Niki Natarajan

 
   
As funds of hedge funds continue to be treated as social pariahs in the institutional arena, retail distribution channels and brand-name mutual fund players in the US continue to embrace FoHFs registered with the SEC under the 1940 Act as a vehicle of choice to raise assets now at $20 billion – despite average returns of the RIC universe of -1.93% for the reporting year ending 31 March 2012.

Classic mutual fund players such as