There seems to be an endless wave of bad news hitting the hedge fund industry at the moment -- gates and suspensions, record poor performance, the Bernard Madoff scandal and so forth -- but there are still one or two reasons to be positive.
According to a survey of institutional investors by alternative assets data group Preqin, conducted in January (and therefore after the alleged Madoff fraud came to light), only 8 percent said they were no longer confident about hedge funds and would reduce investments.
By contrast, 26 percent said they would be increasing their allocations this year.
This appears to be a more positive picture than for high net worth individuals, who, according to some anecdotal evidence, have become more cautious on hedge funds.
Institutions such as pension funds, in contrast, tend to have time horizons running into decades, so a year of bad performance is not necessarily the be all and end all.