Survey sees rise in hedge fund investing by US institutions

Greenwich Associates surveyed 574 US corporate funds, 246 public funds and 212 endowments and foundations between August and October last year to develop their results on asset allocation patterns among US institutional investors.

According to the survey analysis, behind the shift to hedge funds and other alternatives like real estate is continuing poor performance from domestic US equities, neutral expectations for international equities and a lowered outlook for bonds.

According to the Greenwich survey, the average US fund had 1% of assets ($50 billion) invested in hedge funds in 2002, up from 0.6% (or $30 billion) in 2001.

Greenwich Associates market analyst Ryan Randolph says: “Formerly an avenue only endowments and the very largest funds took in any great measure, 2002 was the year alternative investment became more commonplace.”

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