Current Investor Sentiment Swinging in Favor of Hedge Funds, Credit Suisse Survey Notes

Credit Suisse Prime Services – Capital Services (CS) recently released its 2018 Mid‑Year Survey of Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment (Mid‑Year Survey), an extension of its annual hedge fund industry sentiment survey. The Mid‑Year Survey explores current investor interest in hedge funds as an asset class, strategy preferences and current industry trends relating to fees and expenses. Among the Mid‑Year Survey’s findings, CS found a 16% increase in net demand for hedge funds, as compared to 2017; increased investor interest in non-traditional alternative investment products; a push by investors for managers to absorb a greater proportion of fund expenses; and a sizeable dispersion on the amount of fees being paid by respondents. This article analyzes CS’ findings, with added insight provided to the Hedge Fund Law Report by Joseph Gasparro, CS’ leader of strategic advisory and content. For coverage of previous CS investor studies, see 2018 Hedge Fund Survey; 2017 Mid-Year Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment Survey; 2017 Hedge Fund Survey; 2016 Mid-Year Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment Survey; 2016 Hedge Fund Survey; 2015 Mid-Year Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment Survey; and 2015 Hedge Fund Survey.

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