Pruning the fear off hedge funds

The bitter taste of the GFC, and a strong equities market, have meant Australian investors remain cautious about hedge funds, Malavika Santhebennur reports.

The thought of investing in hedge funds evoked fear in advisers and retail clients after the global financial crisis (GFC) ……..….. Aurora Funds Management managing director, Simon Lindsay, suggested that most investors had an over-exposure to listed equities, especially the big four banks and Telstra.

This was particularly the case for self-directed, self-managed super fund portfolios.

“Ultimately, when everything is going rosy, people don’t tend to worry about the risk to the downside, and I think this is probably the exact time when people should be considering hedge funds in a portfolio,” Lindsay said.

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