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Demand for Model Portfolios Doubles Third-Party Manager Usage
According to a Natixis Investment Management survey of fund selectors globally, self-reported use of third-party managers grew from 11 percent in 2021 to 24 percent in 2023. This was partly due to the demand for model portfolios as 72 percent of respondents reported that their firm offers some sort of model program. Natixis surveyed 441 professional fund selectors managing over $30 trillion in total client assets at wealth management, private banking, and insurance platforms globally, including 43 based in Asia. The survey also revealed that in Asia, fixed income is a highly favored asset class due to the strong demand for yield. Sixty-three percent of fund selectors in the region say they will increase investments in government bonds, while 54 percent will increase allocation to investment-grade corporate bonds. Another area of focus in the survey was alternatives. Six in ten respondents in Asia say they are recommending increased allocations due to greater market risks. Within this asset class, fund selectors are most likely to increase allocations to infrastructure at 60 percent, private equity at 32%, absolute return strategies at 32%, and commodities at 32%. ESG investing is expected to see the largest allocation boost with 61 percent of fund selectors seeking to increase allocations and 77 percent seeing increasing demand for impact investments.
Finsum:According to a new study from Natixis, self-reported use of third-party managers grew from 11 percent in 2021 to 24 percent in 2023 partly due to an increased demand for model portfolios.
60/40 Portfolio Can Be Improved with Alternatives
One of the big stories of 2022 was the failure of the 60/40 portfolio. The 40% allocation to bonds is supposed to help protect investors during downturns, but during markets like last year where both stock and bonds fell, the portfolio failed. Now, strategists are looking for ways to improve the 60/40 portfolio. In a recent panel discussion at the New York Stock Exchange, industry experts spoke about “The Rise of Alternatives and the New 60/40 Portfolio.” Asset management professionals and advisers talked about methods to diversify and target new sources of income for retirement savers. Kimberly Ann Flynn, the managing director of XA Investments, said “An available alternative is a mutual fund wrap with added investments such as managed futures and commodity futures, which exist in the category of liquid alternatives.” She added, “I think with now this big push again looking at 60/40, it’s just diversification away from U.S. equity. I think some of these liquid alternatives are going to see a resurgence. In terms of performance, long-short equity performed well, on a relative basis and absolute basis. Some of the managed futures strategies performed really well.” Brian Chiappinelli, a Managing Director at Cambridge Associates, said that another alternative gaining momentum is the collective investment trust (CIT). He stated that “CITs have more leeway to add alternatives that are customized to a particular employee demographic.”
Finsum: After the blood bath in 2022, asset managers and advisors are looking for new ways to improve the 60/40 portfolio, including adding alternatives such as managed futures, commodity futures, or utilizing a CIT.
CAIS Alternatives Platform Adding Reverence Capital Partners Funds
Alternative investment platform CAIS recently announced that a selection of Reverence Capital’s funds and education courses will be available to RIAs and independent broker-dealers on its platform. Reverence Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on financial services-focused private equity and structured credit. Mercer will provide third-party due diligence on the funds. As part of the announcement, Milton Berlinski, managing partner at Reverence, stated, “Through our experience across asset and wealth management, we’ve seen the challenges associated with accessing and selecting quality private market products. CAIS is uniquely positioned to provide the technological and educational resources to help tackle these concerns.” The partnership is taking place during an opportune time as a recent CAIS/Mercer study found that approximately 88% of financial advisors intend to increase their allocations to alternative asset classes over the next two years. Matt Brown, founder and chief executive officer of CAIS added, “With allocations to alternatives expected to continue rising in 2023, we believe that adding additional quality alternative products on the CAIS Platform is essential to empowering advisors to gain confidence in meeting client expectations.” CAIS serves more than 7,400 advisory firms and teams overseeing a total of more than $3 trillion in assets. Reverence Capital has about $8 billion in assets under management.
Finsum:With more than 88% of advisors intending to increase their alternative allocations, a selection of Reverence Capital’s funds will now be available to RIAs and independent broker-dealers on CAIS’s alternative investment platform.
Hedge Fund Industry Lost $125 Billion Amid Volatility
Amid volatility that wreaked havoc on the market last year, hedge funds lost almost $125 billion worth of assets from performance losses, according to Hedge Fund Research (HFR) data. Investors also pulled their money from hedge funds last year, leading to a net outflow of $55 billion, the largest capital flight from hedge funds since 2016. This is a sharp reversal from 2021 when hedge funds saw $15 billion in net inflows. Volatility in the markets was triggered by high inflation, interest rate hikes, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Investors pulled $40.4 billion out of hedge funds that buy and sell stocks, a strategy that posted the worst performance for the year, losing $112.5 billion. Even macro funds that saw strong performance last year dealt with outflows. Institutional investors pulled $15 billion from these funds, according to HFR. In fact, the only hedge fund strategy that did see an increase in money was event-driven mergers and acquisition and credit funds that saw $4.3 billion in inflows. It was a tough year for performance overall for the hedge fund industry, as the HFRI 500 Fund Weighted Composite Index fell 4.2%. The index tracks many of the largest global hedge funds, marking the worst performance since 2018.
Finsum:The hedge fund industry lost $125 billion last year amid market volatility triggered by high inflation, interest rate hikes, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Liquidity Issues Impeding Fundraising at Alternative Firms
While some alternative managers have been benefiting from the market volatility, it’s been a challenging environment for fundraising. In fact, some of the top brand-name firms are having trouble hitting their targets, let alone their hard caps, according to industry insiders. While there are several reasons for this, liquidity issues among limited partners from the "denominator effect" is high on the list. The denominator effect is when volatility in the public markets impacts fundraising in the private markets. It occurs when the value of one portion of a portfolio decreases drastically and pulls down the overall value of the portfolio. Last year, capital commitments were down 1.4% to $497.3 billion as of Dec. 22 compared to $504.3 billion in all of 2021, according to Pensions & Investments data. Private equity was the only alternative category in which both the number of funds and the amount of capital committed increased in 2022. However, fundraising by private equity funds worldwide was down 41.8% year over year in the third quarter of last year based on data from Preqin. According to Adam Bragar, New York-based head of the U.S. private equity practice of Willis Towers Watson PLC, “Whether the slowdown in commitments will continue into 2023 depends on investors' current and projected liquidity.”
Finsum: It’s been a challenging fundraising environment for alternative managers stemming from liquidity issues among limited partners due to the denominator effect.