Sector Insights

The Next Alternative

Thriving in a New Fund Environment

October 2013

The alternative fund industry is changing rapidly, with increased regulatory burdens, shifting investor expectations and new fundraising competition.

These dynamics are adding up to a new standard of success for alternative fund managers. To thrive in this new environment, managers will need to balance a flood of new requirements with sustained operational and performance excellence.

To understand the opportunities and challenges facing the alternatives industry, we conducted a research survey in collaboration with Preqin of nearly 400 alternative fund managers. Our report draws its key themes from the findings of that survey.



About the Research
In July 2013, State Street, in collaboration with Preqin, conducted a survey of 391 leading alternative fund managers. Of these respondents, the largest proportion (48 percent) were from the hedge fund management sector with a further 26 percent and 15 percent running private equity and private real estate funds, respectively. The remaining 12 percent of fund managers offered a diverse product range across alternatives.

Fifty-five percent of respondents were from North America, 29 percent from Europe, 10 percent from the Asia-Pacific region and the final 6 percent from other regions.