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26 Oct 2006

Investors dissatisfied with Fund of Hedge Fund Results

According to Mercer Investment Consulting, a global survey has revealed that despite growing interest in hedge funds, less than a quarter of the pension schemes that invest in them are satisfied with their investment returns.

When asked to rate overall satisfaction with their funds of hedge funds manager, the survey of over 180 large pension schemes worldwide found less than half (47%) were satisfied. A further 19% indicating they have not invested in hedge funds yet, but would begin using them within the next two years.

Mercer global head of investment consulting policy Divyesh Hindocha said the lack of satisfaction expressed by investors was likely to be due to a mixture of high expectations and fund managers not explaining their strategies clearly enough.

“While FoHF are attracting a great deal of attention, many investors are unclear about what they wish to achieve by investing in them, and what the funds can realistically deliver,” he said.

“If investors’ objectives are unclear and their expectations are out of kilter with reality, there is scope for disappointment….The survey shows that fund of hedge fund managers can do far more to improve their client servicing skills” Hindocha said.

“Investors want to look under the bonnet to gain a better understanding of a fund’s strategy and operations, but many investment managers are reluctant to disclose full details.”

“Fund managers that are transparent about their strategies and processes are more likely to attract investors and be able to manage their clients’ expectations better.”

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