The amount under management in 2012 was a total of approximately $63.9 trillion. The new figure indicates a growth annual of nearly six percent, a strong figure that will lend credence to hedge fund strength.
The main bulk of the wealth seen in the assets under management will be focused in the North American region, but there are other less expected areas that are due to expand.
For example, the Asian, South American, African, and Middle Eastern economies are due to grow at an exponential rate over the next few years, with these emerging markets proving popular with hedge fund firms.
The wealth generated in these regions should roughly double by 2020, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, titled ‘Asset Management 2020: A Brave New World’.
One of the leading figures at PricewaterhouseCoopers stated that the emerging markets are “making new roads”, leading to a lesser input from the North American market normally at the centre of the financial push. National asset management leader Raj Kothari also commented that the opportunities created by the emerging markets will lead to a wider, more diverse asset pool for hedge fund managers to utilise.
The main focus of these assets will remain in the same areas as seen previously in 2012. The insurance sector and the pension fund sector feature predominantly, as do sovereign wealth funds and high net worth individuals. Pension funds are set to grow by approximately 6.6 percent each year until 2020, making it one of the leading hedge fund sectors for the foreseeable future.
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