As insurance companies, banks, and endowments continue to scale back hedge fund investments, a new survey from Barclays finds that pension plans and wealthy families may be increasing their investments. Such investors have about 14 percent of their assets in cash, with almost 80 percent of this group planning to allocated money to hedge funds during 2009 (see Bloomberg article). With pension plans having around $437 billion in assets, and wealthy families controlling another $72 billion, potential investments could result in over $50 billion being added to hedge funds this year. While $50 billion is not anyway near current Government spending levels, it is certainly enough to generate its own form of market stimulus, adding additional buying pressure as the major indexes continue to flirt with key levels.