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Investor demand drives move to alternative mutual funds

CNBC – As pension funds, endowments and charities clamour for access to hedge fund strategies that are cheap, transparent and liquid, US hedge fund managers are rushing to meet their requests by rolling-out alternative mutual funds.

An American version of the “hedge-fund lite” Ucits funds popular in Europe – so-called liquid alternative funds, registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 – is in vogue. US hedge fund managers are looking to introduce whizzy new investment vehicles as investors scorn low bond yields and more than $2.7tn in cash “sits on the sidelines” of markets, according to calculations by JPMorgan in a recent report.

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