The single most compelling and persistent theme emerging from the survey results relates to the continued force and momentum with which the global hedge fund industry is becoming increasingly institutionalized.
The days when hedge funds catered almost exclusively to high net worth individuals and family offices are long gone. As the survey data demonstrates, we are witnessing a significant shift in the types of investors who invest in hedge funds. Today, investors in hedge funds are much more likely to be institutions, such as charitable foundations, public and private sector pension funds, insurance companies, university endowments and the like.
In fact, institutional investors now represent a clear majority (57%) of all assets under management by global hedge funds.