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Hedge funds are optimistic about 2018

James Beszant, EY Hedge Funds Co-Leader, comments on the outlook for 2018…

Hedge funds will be questioning if two is a trend as they look to the year ahead, given that 2017 continued the tricky market conditions of the year before. Despite this, there remained plenty of examples of good performance, and assets continued to be allocated to strategies and managers that offered a clear investment proposition and good medium-term track record. There remains a huge opportunity for managers to offer a proposition to investors that is differentiated from more traditional strategies, which is keeping levels of optimism high for 2018 and beyond.
In particular, 2018 looks set to be a year of continued investment in innovation, leading to new strategies, vehicles and bespoke products. Managers are investing heavily to enhance the use of data and robotics, and are embracing automation to improve their investment processes.
The majority of hedge funds do not expect Brexit to be as disruptive to their business models and investment strategies as many other sectors. However some hedge fund managers have expressed concerns about their continued ability to attract the best possible talent from across the EU post-Brexit. This is an issue that many businesses will be closely watching.

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