Alternative strategies within a Ucits framework continued to see improving demand in the third quarter, with growth in both the number of funds and assets under management, according to the Alceda Quarterly Ucits review produced by independent structuring specialist Alceda Fund Management.
Tracking the Absolute Hedge Global Ucits Index, the review revealed that the sector grew by 2.4 per cent from 292 funds at the end of Q2 to 299 funds at the end of Q3, with 11 fund launches and four fund closures in the quarter.
In addition, the review showed assets under management of the funds in the index growing by 3 percent from EUR82.5m in Q2 to EUR84.7bn in Q3.
Of the 11 new fund launches in Q3, macro and market neutral strategies made up over half of these with market neutral funds showing a 14 per cent growth in the number of funds, and a three per cent growth in AUM.
Despite the difficult market backdrop, the index grew by 1.81 per cent in the quarter. The performance across strategies varied strongly with the Equity Long Short Index showing the strongest progression advancing 2.88 per cent for the quarter.
The FX strategy remains in pole position with a YTD growth of 4.53 per cent despite only advancing 0.96 percent in the quarter, and reporting a reduction of three per cent in AUM.
All other indexes recorded positive numbers for the quarter except managed futures which declined 0.81 per cent in the quarter, continuing its run as the worst performer YTD with a decline of 5.46 per cent. The credit, macro and market neutral indexes all showed stable growth in Q3.
Broadly diversified global strategies continue to dominate the sector with close to 180 funds in the space.
Michael Sanders (pictured), chairman of the board, Alceda Fund Management, says: “Despite the difficult market backdrop, the Q3 Quarterly Ucits Review revealed continued growth, albeit somewhat muted, in new fund launches and AUM of alternative Ucits strategies. While equities have had a good run in the quarter, and policy action from the US, Japan and Europe has somewhat bolstered risk appetites, investors remain cautious. If you look at the evolution of alternative Ucits strategies over the last eight years, the progression made in both number of funds and AUM has been significant, demonstrating the increasing popularity and importance of alternative strategies in a Ucits format.”