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New Hedge Funds Next Year Will Embrace High Tech

A person inspects a Suzhou Pangolin Robot Corp. service robot 'Alice' at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The hedge fund industry may be getting one step closer to its robot-guided future.

Seventy percent of new hedge funds that will start next year will include investment processes that use computer models, including artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies, according to a prediction in a Deloitte report released Thursday. That’s a jump from 47 percent in 2015.

The new technologies process large, alternative data sets and hedge funds have increasingly turned to them to generate higher returns.

That doesn’t mean 2018 will be easy for the industry overall. Investment firms will continue to be pressured by regulatory risks and scrutiny on fees, according to the study. Their operating models will also struggle to keep pace with client preferences and technological advancements, it found.

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