Long-only funds to dominate shareholder mix

Reuters – Traditional long-only mutual funds are set to dominate shareholder registers again as the hedge fund industry shrinks and retail investors continue to stay away, according to Morgan Stanley.

Meanwhile, with institutions, including hedge funds, deleveraging aggressively, emerging markets equity issuance is set to fall to 10 percent of total volume in Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2009 from one quarter this year, the bank told the Reuters Global Finance Summit.

"Traditional classic long-only funds, which used to be the main part of shareholder registrar in the 1990s, will become more important," said Emmanuel Gueroult, head of EMEA equity capital markets.

"The hedge fund industry is deleveraging…Access to credit is difficult."

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