Hedge fund UCITS products have gained popularity since interest rates decreased to less than 1% in many developed economies in response to the global financial crisis.
Assets under management for investment managers using absolute return and hedging strategies within the UCITS III wrapper are almost $60 billion and there around 600 funds, according to the HedgeFund Intelligence database.
Brandon Horwitz from HSBC Bank
Martyn Dorey, director for asset manager database Camradata, says that interest in absolute return products has been “massive” – especially for investors trying to beat cash or inflation.
He says: “From about 2000 to 2003 we had a bear market run that resulted in investors disliking short-term volatility. We have seen a massive appetite for absolute return products