Family offices are an increasingly important source of investment into hedge funds, and so far in 2022 we have seen the number of these mandates grow after a stagnant couple of years.
Endowments, along with family offices, have the highest median allocation to hedge funds. The recent decline in the median allocation by endowments is partially due to the tendency of those who follow the Swensen model to rebalance to target, as well as the fact that hedge funds are liquid.
In general, hedge funds have performed well in recent years, with cumulative returns increasing on average since 2020.
Market changes globally continue to make it more challenging for emerging managers to attract fresh commitments. Standing out from the crowd with a differentiated strategy is therefore becoming increasingly difficult—but crucially—more important than ever.