Lonsec releases 2010 Sector Review – Single Manager Hedge Funds


Lonsec has released its 2010 Single Manager Hedge Funds Sector Review, covering 16 funds of which four received Lonsec’s highest rating of “Highly Recommended” – the BlackRock Scientific Global Markets Fund, Aspect Diversified Futures Fund, Man AHL Alpha and the Winton Global Alpha Fund. One new fund was added to the Recommended List – the AQR Delta Fund (Recommended).

Lin Ngin, Senior Investment Analyst with Lonsec commented, “The distribution of ratings in the 2010 review has a distinct positive skew, due to our focus on reviewing a selective list of high quality offerings, rather than just rating a large number of products.”

Sector themes

Fund flows

Retail fund inflows across the range of funds rated in this sector review have generally been flat. However managers researched by Lonsec have reported greater interest in hedge fund products from institutional clients.

“Although we have seen signs of life in this sector, with US13.7 billion of inflows into the global hedge fund industry in Q1 2010, this is still substantially lower than the US$100+ billion per annum in inflows from 2002 – 2007,” said Ngin.

“An interesting point regarding these inflows is the destination of the money – of the US$13.7 billion inflow, US$15 billion went to larger, established hedge funds managers – this means a number of managers experienced net outflow.”

New products

In last year’s Lonsec review, there were 10 new funds rated – this year, just one.

“Not surprisingly, the dearth of new retail offerings is intertwined with the lack of retail inflows,” observed Ngin.

“This sector is very prone to ‘flavour of the month’ products, whether they be new managed futures products in 2009 (this strategy had a very strong 2008) or commodities based funds.”


A major fallout from the global financial crisis has been the policy and regulatory response by government authorities world-wide, particularly in relation to regulating the hedge fund industry.  Many of these regulations remain in the proposal stage and have not been enacted.

“Lonsec is generally supportive of any steps to improve transparency, although some proposed regulations such as remuneration controls, leverage limits and bans on shorting appear to be driven by hostility to the hedge fund industry as a fallout of the financial crisis.

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Date: 28 July 2010

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