The alternative Ucits sector has grown strongly in 2014, increasing by 41%YoY to a total of €224.3bn, according to the latest Alceda Ucits review.
The study also highlighted that managed futures were the best performing alternative Ucits strategy, with the index gaining 14.3% while event driven strategies declined by -2.7%.
Overall, 2014 was a challenging year for active managers with the AH Global Ucits Index which encompasses a total of 498 funds, returning only 1.3% in 2014, compared to the almost 6% gains seen in 2013.
Michael Sanders, CEO and chairman of the Board at Alceda Fund Management S.A. said: “These results show the ongoing attractiveness and demand for alternative Ucits strategies globally with investors increasing allocations and managers, in particular in the US, choosing Ucits S to target European investors.
“In addition, the recent implementation of the AIFM Directive has resulted in a greater focus on Ucits with managers looking to build sustainable distribution strategies for their products.”