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Credit and equity hedge funds on institutional investors most-wanted list

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Large institutional investors, including pension funds and insurance companies, are looking to up their allocations to credit and equity hedge fund strategies between now and the end of the year, according to a report by Reuters.

The report cites a July survey by Goldman Sachs’ capital introduction team of 340 investors, with a combined $1tn invested in hedge funds, as revealing that a net 31% plan to increase their commitments to credit hedge funds – mainly long-short and distressed strategies – in the remaining five months of the year.

Equity long-short funds are the second most-wanted on the global hedge fund strategy list, with a net 17% of investors planning to increase allocations, up from just 4% at the start of the year.

Credit hedge funds were up 2.9% between January and June, while equity long/short strategies were up 5.3% in the first half of the year, according to Goldman Sachs, underperforming the main stock indexes.

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