ML Capital Asset Management, the investment manager and promoter of the MontLake UCITS platform, has published the 4th edition of the quarterly ML Alternative UCITS Barometer (ML Barometer).
ML Capital surveyed a diverse range of active investors in Alternative Investments, who collectively manage over EUR80 billion and today invest upwards of EUR30 billion of those assets into Alternative UCITS Funds. Questions are aimed at discovering their forthcoming strategy allocations and are asked each quarter to the same respondents in order to track asset flows between UCITS strategies.
The range of allocators surveyed is purposely diverse, to reflect the widening of the Alternative UCITS investor base as hedge funds move from the offshore periphery to the onshore mainstream. Respondents range from insurance and pension funds to private banking organisations, with a significant constituent of financial advisers that deal with the primary source of alternative UCITS inflows, the mid-net-worth investor.
Commenting on the latest survey, John Lowry (pictured), Co-Founder and Chairman of ML Capital, says: “The latest barometer results confirm a rapidly growing demand for well managed alternative investments that offer a strong element of protection on the downside. However investors recognise that there is a real need for a wider range of experienced hedge fund managers to enter the UCITS market, in order to broaden the choice of strategies.”