Citywire.co.uk – Fund selector Christian Lundström, from Independent Investment Group in Sweden, is welcoming the evolution of the Ucits III space which is seeing more and more hedge fund groups entering the area.
Last week, HSBC Asset Management’s Farley Thomas warned on the trend of hedge fund groups launching Ucits-compliant funds, saying ‘Ucits is about trust, so retail fund firms in Europe should be protective of Ucits. Will the hedge fund firms be there to hold retail investors’ hands when things go wrong?’
While there may be fears for retail investors accessing such funds, many selectors are greeting the changes with open arms. Lundström is excited by the opportunity to access strategies which can ‘generate portfolio returns with low or even negative correlation to equities and commodities.’