Hedge funds that offer separately managed accounts (SMAs) may be more attractive to investors, according to a study that BNY Mellon’s Pershing LLC released Friday. The SMAs can provide investors with a bit of control they wouldn’t ordinarily have with hedge funds, according to the study.
The report, “Transparency and Liquidity: The Growth of Separately Managed Accounts in the Hedge Fund Industry,” indicates that “SMAs are being embraced by investors” looking for “transparency” and “liquidity in their hedge fund investments, and they are being accepted—if sometimes reluctantly—by hedge fund managers as a means of attracting assets and deepening relationships with clients.”
“Access to liquidity” is a point that investors have become acutely aware of, especially in the past few years when liquidity—or lack thereof—became a key issue for investors. Thirty-three percent of participating “investors cited access to liquidity as an important benefit of SMAs. Almost 50% of hedge fund managers said they are experiencing pressure from their investors to eliminate lockup periods and redemption notice requirements,” the announcement said. “Fewer managers report pressure from investors to reduce fees.”
“Influence on investment philosophy”
SMAs also provide a means for investors to have some “influence on the investment philosophy,” the report states, but demand from investors appears to be higher than the number of hedge funds willing to use the SMA “structure.”