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Foreign wealth pours into London’s hedge funds

Guardian.co.uk- Foreign sovereign wealth investors are targeting London’s hedge fund industry as they seek to boost returns on their vast savings, much of it generated from trade with the west in oil and other commodities.

The hedge funds have seen billions of pounds pour into their investment plans at a time when the industry desperately needs cash to replace debt funding that collapsed during the credit crunch.

According to a survey by the magazine Hedge Fund Manager Week, the rapidly expanding group known as fund of hedge funds are the main beneficiary of investments from sovereign wealth funds. Assets in fund of hedge funds, which spread their investments across a range of individual projects, have grown 10% in the last six months to £700bn.

Fortis Prime Fund Solutions topped the table of funds, with assets under administration of £107bn. Total industry assets have reached £2.2tn, according to the magazine’s annual Hedge Fund Assets Under Administration survey.

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