Retail Investors

Are retail investors ready for hedge fund UCITS?

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UCITS hedge funds appear to be a solution for deep retail investors who need absolute returns. But are these savers ready for a product that is aimed at high-net-worth and institutional investors?

During a holiday earlier this year a friend of mine complained that since she started to contribute to her companay’s pension scheme, which is made up of primarily long-only equity investments, the value of the fund had gone down significantly.

The view that a traditional portfolio of investments made up of equities and bonds will eventually create absolute returns net of fees in the long-term has gone out of the window since the global financial crisis especially now the FTSE, the UK index, is about 1000 points lower than it was 10 years ago.

This development is significant.