Research

19 May

Investors Pause on Hedge Fund Allocations in April

After a positive first quarter of 2017 where investors tiptoed back into hedge funds, April saw a bit of a pause, with investors pulling $930 million from the global hedge fund industry, according to the just-released eVestment April 2017 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Overall industry assets stood at $3.106 trillion in April and year-to-date [...]
12 May

Equity Strategies Big Hedge Fund Winners in April

One-third of the way into 2017, hedge funds are performing well, returning +0.66% in April and +3.04% year-to-date (YTD), according to the just-released April 2017 eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. All major strategies were positive in April, and only one primary market, commodities, produced negative results. Equity strategies were among the big winners in April. [...]
09 May

Investment Pros Have Strong Equities Focus in April

The majority of the most popular investment strategies and universes viewed in April by institutional investment professionals using eVestment were equity focused, both on a global basis and in key break-out geographic regions, according to eVestment’s just-released Advantage Investment Viewership Report for April 2017. Eleven new products, all equity-focused, entered the global top 20 list [...]
27 Apr

Alt Funds AUA Up, Private Equity Top Growth Area

Alternative fund administrators responding to eVestment’s 2017 Alternative Fund Administration survey, released today, reported assets under administration increased to US $7.64 trillion, up 14.15% from the prior year. Highlighting the continued growth in third party administration of private equity funds, survey respondents saw private equity as the strongest area of anticipated business growth, as they [...]
19 Apr

Interest in Hedge Funds Turns Positive in March

After a rough 2016, interest in hedge funds seems to be returning as investors allocated $15.7 billion in new money to hedge funds in March, according to the just-released eVestment March 2017 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. March inflows were the industry’s largest positive numbers in 20 months and total industry AUM now stands at [...]
06 Apr

Aberdeen, Standard Life, Canada See eVestment User Interest in March

World events, business developments and political changes can all impact what's top of mind in the institutional investment world. eVestment's Advantage screening data, compiled daily, can help surface in real-time how those events are impacting what the investment community is looking at, which can have wide-ranging short- and long-term implications. For instance, the early March announcement [...]
24 Mar

Hedge Fund Allocations Turn Positive in February

After a long string of redemptions, hedge funds netted an estimated $7.9 billion in inflows in February, and are now positive year-to-date in 2017, according to the just-released eVestment February 2017 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. The industry had endured net outflows in each of the last five months, and seven of the last eight, [...]
24 Mar

UnitedHealthcare Makes Big Move in Institutional Ownership

Insurance company UnitedHealthcare was the biggest mover among the top 20 stocks owned by institutional investors in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the just-released 4Q 2016 eVestment Institutional Stock Ownership Report. UnitedHealthcare, previously not in the top 20, landed at No. 10 in 4Q as institutional investors appear pleased with the company’s recent [...]
23 Mar
Private Markets Due Diligence

Survey: Majority of Investors Still Face Difficulties in Private Markets Due Diligence

Despite a modest improvement from 2016, 60% of respondents in the just-released 2017 eVestment Private Markets Investors & Consultants Due Diligence survey stated they still find the comparative analysis of private markets managers difficult, citing a need for more data and standardization from managers to solve this issue. Only 40% of respondents agreed “it is [...]