The large losses of the Amaranth Advisors hedge fund last September and other similar highly-publicized failures are unlikely to deter hedge fund investing by those rich individuals who manage their own portfolios, judging from a survey of the participants in a high-end investors’ club called Tiger 21.
These investors also are relatively immune to market shakeouts because they have diversified by moving a large portion of their wealth into private equity, hedge funds, real estate, currency and other alternative investments while keeping another big chunk in bonds and cash.
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Tiger 21 is a group of 115 entrepreneurs, company owners, fund managers and private investors who meet to share their investment insights. They have combined personal investments in excess of $7 billion. The group currently allocates about 35% of its total to various alternatives.
By contrast, they have continued to reduce public equity holdings, which now account for 30% of their portfolios, down from 37% in 2005. This is well below the 50% or higher stock allocation financial advisers typically recommend. (The current composite allocation of IA’s asset allocation panel is 58.1% stocks, although the individual range runs from a low of 20% to a high of 80%, see page 34.)
“High-net-worth investors are looking for offerings that can perform independently of conventional market factors,” said Tiger 21 founder and chairman Michael Sonnenfeldt in a statement. “The appeal of alternatives has 65% of our members allocating some assets to this class overall.”