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From the rise of cryptocurrency DogeCoin and non-fungible tokens to Reddit members beating hedge fund managers at their own game, 2021 has been an eventful year in the world of retail investing. And while institutional investors might not be betting big on Gamestop Corp. or Elon Musk’s latest cryptocurrency tweet, some have inched closer to […]


The vast majority of investors (82 per cent) are satisfied with how their portfolios performed in the first half of 2020, despite some weak results in strategies such as emerging market debt and smart beta, according to a new study of 368 investors with combined assets of approximately US$11 trillion. Following the quickest equity market […]

  • By: Les Marton
  • August 18, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 07:43

Along with more traditional asset classes like fixed income or private equities, litigation finance is another area for pension funds to keep on their radars. With litigation financing, an investor provides an upfront funding commitment to a plaintiff to typically be deployed on certain milestones of a legal case, with the expectation of sharing in […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 24, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 14:27

New research from Greenwich Associates has found that institutional players have allocated US$47 billion to liquid alternative exchange traded funds, comprising a fair chunk of their allocation to liquid alternatives overall, which comes to US$882 billion. That said, only about one in 10 institutions have experience investing in liquid alternative ETFs. “However, about the same […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 7, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 09:58
Head to head: Do hedge funds make sense for Canadian pension plans?

While some pension fund managers swear by hedge funds, others would never sink in a single cent. After the 2008 financial crisis turned some investors sour, is it time to give hedge funds a second chance? Colin Spinney, treasurer at Dalhousie University: The Dalhousie pension plan once had a stand-alone allocation to hedge funds, or […]


Hedge funds increasingly influenced by their institutional investor clients: report Increasing numbers of institutional investors are entering hedge funds and driving the industry to provide more bespoke offerings, according to the Alternative Investment Management Association’s latest research. More than half of survey respondents from the hedge fund industry said customized solutions are crucial to driving […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 11, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:23

While environmental, social and governance factors are a hot topic in the investment world, hedge funds are falling behind, according to new data from Preqin. Currently, most hedge fund managers and investors don’t have an ESG policy in place. In fact, only 29 per cent of investors and 20 per cent of hedge fund managers […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 10, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 07:49
Customized hedge funds growing in popularity: survey

In the hedge fund market, customized products are growing in popularity, leading institutional investors to optimize existing relationships and strengthen partnerships with a more concentrated group of managers, according to a survey by Credit Suisse Group. The survey, which polled 310 global institutional investors, found 58 per cent of allocations made over the last 12 to 18 […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 3, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:00

While shareholder activism is a hot topic among institutional investors, where hedge funds are concerned, it doesn’t seem to have much impact on investee company profitability, according to a paper by J.B. Heaton, an independent financial economics researcher. Hedge fund activism is a great story, one that investors can wrap their heads around, says Heaton. […]

What trends are dominating private assets for 2019?

As alternative investments become ubiquitous among institutional portfolios, harnessing the right strategies will make all the difference in an environment where returns are proving harder to find, said John Gray, partner at Adams Street Partners.  “In a world where everybody needs return . . . people are ramping up their allocations to private equity,” he […]