Deutsche Bank Survey Describes the Contours of the Nontraditional Hedge Fund Product Market: Investor Appetite, Performance, Marketing, Fees and More

Deutsche Bank Markets Prime Finance (DB) recently released a report detailing the results of its fall 2013 survey of hedge fund managers and investors on the market for non-traditional hedge fund products (NTPs) offered by hedge fund managers, including long-only products, alternative mutual funds and UCITS funds.  The report offered a glimpse into how many hedge fund managers are offering such products; sources of investors and their rationale for investing; relative performance; investor demand; and fee structures and levels.  With NTPs capturing a growing proportion of the assets generally committed to “alternative” strategies, an appreciation of the evolving dynamics of the NTP market can be important to hedge fund managers as they innovate, market and grow.  This article summarizes the key takeaways from the survey.  See also “How Can Hedge Fund Managers Organize and Operate Alternative Mutual Funds to Access Retail Capital (Part Two of Two),” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 6 (Feb. 7, 2013); “Dechert Partners Aisha Hunt and Richard Horowitz Discuss Strategies and Challenges for Hedge Fund Managers Wishing to Enter the Alternative Mutual Fund Space,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 20 (May 16, 2013).

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