Japanese investment in hedge funds up 50%

And allocation to private equity is small but growing, says a Goldman Sachs/Russell report.

The number of Japanese institutional investors allocating to hedge funds rose by 50% in 2002, according to a global hedge fund survey conducted by Goldman Sachs International and Russell Investment Group.

This exceeded the global trend the number of institutions globally investing in hedge funds rose by 40%.

Among respondents, total hedge fund commitments reached 237 billion $2 billion, a threefold increase over the 77 billion $665 million reported last year. That is because the size of allocations, as well as the number of participating investors, has risen. As predicted in last year's survey, the average allocation increased from 4.5% of portfolios in 2001 to 7.1% in 2002 respondents predicted...

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