SWFs Tap Hedge Funds for Niche Investment Needs

May 16, 2014 by Sarfraz Thind

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GIC group CIO Lim Chow Kiat After losing faith in the hedge fund industry during the global financial crisis, sovereign wealth funds are starting to return, seeking out unusual, profitable strategies that hold the potential to complement — and complete — their broader portfolios. IN MARCH, LIM CHOW KIAT, group CIO of powerful Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC, told the audience at the 15th annual conference of the Investment Management Association of Singapore that delivering returns in increasingly difficult global markets calls for "niche expertise." Almost in the same breath, he revealed that $315 billion, state-owned GIC is looking to allocate more capital to alternative-investment strategies, including hedge funds. The biggest, most well-established sovereign wealth funds, like GIC, have never been shy about investing in hedge funds. But a sorry couple of years in the wake of the 2008–’09 global financial crisis caused many to lose faith in their…

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