Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Asian insurers step up hedge fund allocations

Investment by insurance companies accounted for 8% of the total capital invested in hedge funds in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to a recent report by UK-based research firm Preqin, investors, including insurance firms, have stepped up their allocations to hedge funds in the region.

As of the end of last year, hedge funds in Asia Pacific reached US$202 billion, up from US$180 billion a year earlier.

Sovereign wealth funds accounted for 54% of capital invested in hedge funds, while asset managers formed 10% of the pie.

Insurance companies and private sector insurance pension funds accounted for 8% each of the total capital, the Preqin report showed.

There are 587 institutional investors in the region collectively investing an estimated $202 billion in hedge funds.

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