Alt Ucits under the microscope: key trends revealed
Citywire dissects its unique industry data to assess the extent of closures, inflows and the outlook for Alternative Ucits strategies.
by Ankita Sud Oberoi on Feb 28, 2013 at 13:20
Amid the hype of equity and bond markets’ strong performance in 2012, Alternative Ucits went almost unnoticed.
But Citywire’s analysis reveals that, on average, these funds generated an inflation beating return of 4.3%. When assessing this versus hedge funds, it is slightly behind the 4.8% return of the EuroHedge composite index over the same period.
An eventful year
Our analysis also shows that 2012 was a year of consolidation for our Alternative Ucits universe. The 550 or so funds we track available in a euro share-class is the same as a year ago, but here we take a look at what has been happening behind the numbers.
At the half way point of the year we identified a trend of funds closing and investors moving away from the popular long/short strategy into areas such as Credit and Volatility Trading, notably during market sell-offs.
The closing of funds also continued in the second half of the year. Overall, out of the 112 funds that have been wound up since we launched our database, 80% of the closures took place in 2012.
This consolidation has been counterbalanced by the fact that just as many funds have been launched than closed.
Niche players are still entering the market, notably from the US, but well known players such as Threadneedle, Amundi and JP Morgan, to name a few, are extending their ranges too.
Flows haven't stopped
Even with around one sixth of the funds closing since January 2012, there has been no negative impact resulting in outflows.
It seems that the funds which have disappeared were very small and therefore had little or no effect on overall growth in the sector.
Despite the consolidation there have been inflows of approximately €7.5 billion in the last 13 months since January 2012. However, our analysis reveals that there are still outflows when risk is heightened which was the case during the second quarter of last year.
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