“Investors have been demanding an increased alignment of interest on fees for some time and this research reveals the huge number of managers who have been listening and, more importantly, acting,” Paul McMillan, HFM Global’s head of editorial, said in a statement.
“We have been talking to a range experienced managers in recent months who have been introducing new fee agreements, often with lower management fees and higher performance fees that are subject to a hurdle.”
Some investors, McMillan said, feel such structures reward genuine outperformance and not subpar returns.
Investor unhappiness about their hedge fund allocations surged in 2016 and continued into this year, alternatives data provider Preqin recently reported.
At the end of last year, 64% of investors in interviews with Preqin said fees, along with performance, were a key issue affecting the hedge fund sector. Sixty-nine percent said manager-investor interests were not aligned — a big reversal from 2015, when 69% thought there were aligned.
However, 55% of investors reported that they had seen an improvement in their favor in the terms and conditions charged by their fund managers over the course of 2016. Still, 76% demanded further improvements this year.
The Citco/HFM Global research, based on responses from 225 hedge fund firms, found that managed account structures, which offer investors increased control and transparency, were the biggest source of investments for 19% of managers globally, rising to 28% among U.S. managers.