3 top hedge fund bets for 2015

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Hedge funds are on track to top $3 trillion dollars in assets this year, with nearly a third of those funds banking on an extra $100 million in brand new money over the next few quarters.

The forecast is part of a new Deutsche Bank Alternative Investment Survey, due out Tuesday

Appearing on "Power Lunch" Monday with an exclusive preview, Barry Bausano, president of Deutsche Bank Securities and co-head of global prime finance for Deutsche Bank, revealed a key growth driver "The hedge fund industry is expected to grow an additional seven percent in 2015, driven in part by quantitative strategies.

"Notably, CTA / trend following is the 4th most sought after strategy in 2015, marking a sharp reversal of trend from the last two years, when the vast majority of investors were planning to reduce their allocation.

As for best-performing regions, Bausano says "The universe of investors waking up to the opportunity in China is noteworthy: 23 percent (by AUM) plan to increase investment in the region over the next 12 months, compared to only 11 percent last year, followed by 36 percent interest in India in the same period."

Beyond Asia, Bausano says hedge fund investors are bullish on most of North America, "Continued growth is expected for North America, with the United States / Canada to be the top performing region and the most sought after one for investment in 2015.