Credit Suisse Investor Survey Finds Steady Demand for Hedge Funds and Growing Demand for Less-Liquid Products

Credit Suisse Capital Services (CS) recently released the results of its 2017 hedge fund industry survey covering anticipated asset flows by strategy and region; hedge fund selection and redemption drivers; fees; industry risks; early stage investing; and non-traditional hedge fund products. Among the survey’s key findings is that steady growth in allocations to hedge funds is coinciding with rising interest in non-traditional products (e.g., illiquid credit/direct lending and alternative mutual funds). This corroborates other industry survey findings and should put traditional fund managers on notice as they pursue their fundraising efforts. This article summarizes CS’ key findings. For coverage of past CS investor surveys, see “Despite Significant Redemptions, Credit Suisse Survey Finds Investors Remain Committed to Hedge Funds” (Aug. 4, 2016); “Growing Demand by Hedge Fund Investors for Managed Accounts, Long-Only Funds and Alternative Mutual Funds” (Apr. 7, 2016); and “Investor Appetite for Alternative Investment Vehicles and Strategy Preferences” (Aug. 27, 2015).

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