In Gareth Henry’s exceedingly successful 20-year career of employment in the alternative asset investment industry, he has worked for alternative asset managers, such as the Fortress Investment Group and Angelo Gordon, and has literally seen it all, from the 2008 financial crisis to hedge funds’ fall in popularity and then to it subsequent rise to even greater height. Because of the fact that hedge funds were imputed much fault for having given rise to the financial crisis of 2008, its popularity fell dramatically.
But appetite for hedge funds has been growing steadily since 2009 as Gareth Henry noted while he served the Fortress Investment Group as its Head of Investor Relations. As misconceptions as to hedge funds’ role in occasioning the 2008 financial crisis dissolved, hedge funds assets increased in value by 28 percent, rising from $1.15 to $1.48 trillion in the years of 2009-2012. As the valuation of hedge funds assets increased, investor confidence in hedge funds soared and hedge funds assets rose by 26 percent in the period between 2013-2016, from $1.88 to $2.37 trillion. In 2017, the valuation of hedge funds assets saw another substantial increase, raising their valuation to a staggering $2.91 trillion. Read more about Gareth Henry at EverybodyWiki
Gareth Henry notes that today, there are 120 percent more hedge funds for an investor to choose from. In fact, there are presently well over 11,000 hedge funds for an investor to invest in, while in 2004 there were only 5,000. What this often means for the average investor, who desire to diversify their portfolio or add alpha to it, is that professional counsel is necessary in terms of good hedge fund selection. If this is the case, investors may seek out Gareth Henry’s counsel as he has established a firm of his own, which provides this particular service, among many others.
Given the trade war with China and possible interest rate hike by the Feds, there are no signs that hedge funds’ popularity will wane any time soon. In fact, investor allocation of assets into hedge funds have been at its highest level in 3 years. Investors allocation of assets into hedge funds, this year, has amounted to 28 percent of their total assets, a 16 percent jump from the previous year. Hedge funds, now ranks no. 2 among the top alternative asset investment products, behind only stocks by 1 percent.