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searchmoney1FINsearches Q1-14 Investor Allocation Report

Each quarter FINsearches will provide an exclusive report to Hedge Connection regarding institutional investors and their allocation strategies. This is the first report:

Institutional investors allocated $5.68 billion to various hedge fund and absolute return strategies during the first quarter, an increase of nearly $2 billion over the first quarter of 2013, according to data from FINsearches.

FINsearches reported on 44 nonprofit and public defined benefit plans making hedge fund investments in the first quarter of this year, with a total of 87 commitments made to 67 different managers.

That compares to $3.55 billion invested in hedge fund and absolute return funds in the first quarter of 2013. Overall, 37 nonprofit and public defined benefit plans were reported to make hedge fund investments in the first three months of 2013, with a total of 64 commitments made to 47 different managers.

Broken out, 41 institutions made hedge fund investments, four made hedge fund-of-funds investments and 10 made absolute return investments in the first quarter of 2014, according to the data.

The 2014 figures show an increase in hedge fund and absolute return investments, but a decrease in hedge fund-of-funds, a reflection of an overall trend in the market of investors moving to direct mandates.

In 2013, there were 31 institutions that made hedge fund investments, 7 institutions that made hedge fund-of-funds investments and 5 institutions that made absolute return investments in the first quarter of 2013.

The data was compiled by reviewing all hires reported by FINsearches during the periods of Jan. 1 through March 31 for both 2013 and 2014 and is not reflective of the actual date of hiring by the institution.

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