Combined with downward pressure on fees, conditions ripe for a perfect
TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Nearly 60% of hedge fund managers in North
America say the cost of business has increased in the past year.
However, there continues to be a disparity between managers' and
investors' views about what costs should be borne by the fund.
"Our survey found that 68% of funds passed along these increased costs —
up from only 34% in 2011," says Joseph Micallef, Financial Services
Partner and Canadian Asset Management Industry Tax Leader at Ernst &
Young. "There will continue to be a greater push and pull on this issue
of cost allocation for the foreseeable future as investors increasingly
show less appetite for costs to be charged to the fund than they did a
year ago. We don't see this trend changing unless funds greatly improve
investment performance returns."
Ernst & Young's Global hedge fund and investor survey 2012: finding common ground also finds that while investors certainly consider a fund's performance
when deciding whether to invest or discountinue their investment with a
particular fund, it's not — contrary to what most fund managers believe
— their top consideration.
"Long-term performance is only the fourth most important criteria for
investors, after the investment team, investment philosophy and risk
management policies," says Micallef. "Compared to 2011, both long-term
and short-term past performance declined in importance for the investor
This was a topic that interested managers and investors alike at Ernst &
Young's Global Hedge Fund Symposium in Toronto last night. Participants
also discussed the issue of hedge funds having to make increased
investments in headcount and technology in order to meet increasing
regulatory burden and prepare for expected growth, despite the fact
that survey results indicate 85% of investors don't believe more
regulation will effectively prevent another crisis.
"With the cost of doing business increasing, and investors not ready to
foot the bill, conditions are ripe for a perfect storm. There are more
barriers to entry for startups, and we're seeing consolidation among
those that don't yet have capital to support investment in new
infrastructure," adds Micallef. "But, while the storm is likely to
persist in the short term, there are still investments to be found.
Managers who are creative about where they seek these untapped
investment capital dollars will thrive."
About the global hedge fund and investor survey
Greenwich Associates, a global research and consulting firm, interviewed
100 hedge funds representing over US$710 billion in assets under
management, and the views of 50 institutional investors representing
over US$715 billion in assets under management. The objective of the
study was to record the views and opinions of hedge funds and hedge
fund investors globally, measure the views of each on the same topics
and examine the two groups together. Hedge funds and hedge fund
investors were asked to comment on investor demand and hedge fund
selection; headcount, infrastructure and costs; administration;
eurozone considerations; regulations and reporting; compensation
structure; and the future landscape.
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