The hedge fund industry is consolidating, and funds are getting bigger – even start-ups, according to a Financial Times article entitled “Size Matters in Hedge Funds.” The paper cites a Deutsche Bank report which found that 5 percent of hedge funds managed 90 percent of the industry’s assets, and that start-ups require at least $100 million. The bank predicts this trend will continue:
This has been driven by the increasing institutionalization of the hedge fund industry, according to Anita Nemes, global head of capital introductions at Deutsche. She said institutional investors had risen from 11 percent of survey respondents 10 years ago to 36 percent now. In addition, funds of hedge funds were increasingly reporting their capital was sourced from institutions. Institutional investors demand higher levels of transparency and place more importance on operational infrastructure, said Ms. Nemes, which can be easier to achieve for larger funds. Restrictions on the proportion of a fund that a single allocation can account for also helps larger funds.
However, 17 percent of investors today say they would provide seed capital to a start-up hedge fund, while just 14 percent would have one year ago.
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