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Institutional investors want hedge funds: study

Date: Monday, November 28, 2005
Author: Advisor.ca

According to a study from the Bank of New York and U.S.-based consulting firm Casey, Quirk & Associates, institutional investors south of the border are getting into hedge funds on a large scale.

The report projects that investor capital in hedge funds will increase from $60 billion US $300 billion US in the next five years.

According to the study, defined benefit plans account for 40% of institutional hedge fund capital, which is roughly evenly split between public and private plans.

The trend is leading pension plans to alter their investment policies and strategies. As a result, hedge fund investment firms will have to expect "different product demands and return expectations."

The hedge fund business, according to the study, will "result in more mature business models than are typical today." Filed by Joel Kranc, Benefits Canada