Working with a group of 150 alternative investment managers, alternative investor research company, Brighton House Associates,(BHA) published its Quarterly Research Report highlighting insights and trends from this research that are most pertinent to industry professionals.
In summary of the report, the markets continued their downward trend in Q1, but the ability of hedge fund managers and alternative investors to adapt and position properly is what allows investment managers to produce returns in even the most difficult markets. Throughout the alternative industry there are still managers making money and using alpha to produce uncorrelated return streams, and investors are conscious of this and judiciously seeking investment with them, the report said.
Currently, many alternative investors are turning towards short-term CTA and global macro managers because they can nimbly navigate these uncertain markets while providing excellent liquidity terms, according to BHA. Investors are also increasingly interested in the relative stability and unique opportunities that private equity funds provide. Investors are looking for generalist funds that can provide them with diversified exposure and buyout funds that can take advantage of drastically undervalued opportunities.
In the real estate space, according to the report, investors are looking for managers that are aggressively taking advantage of the depressed real estate market to acquire undervalued assets.
Investors and managers are eagerly anticipating a market turnaround in the second half of 2009 that should lead to a significant influx of capital into alternative markets, BHA said. Investors that are currently sitting on high levels of cash said that they are actively researching the proper opportunities to put some of that capital to effective use in 2009.
BHA works directly with a wide range of investment managers on a daily basis. These managers range from hedge funds and funds of hedge funds to private equity, real estate, and venture capital funds. They also range in size and experience from emerging managers to some of the most established firms in the industry.
Each quarter, BHA analysts collect detailed profiles from more than 1,000 investors that are actively making investments in hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds, and related funds of funds. These investors are located all across the globe; their assets under management range from less than $100 million to more than $10 billion. The Q2 research is scheduled for release early next week.