International Monetary Fund Drops the “D” Word

April 1, 2014

In its January 21st, 2014 update, the IMF hinted at the specter of deflation. The United States has only had two experiences with a deflationary economy; the first from 1870 to 1890 and the second in the 1930’s—in both cases, beyond the living memory of most Americans. Much of our 1930’s our experience with deflation [...]

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Drumming Up Business With a Different Drummer

March 18, 2014

Counting the number of hedge funds in the world is like trying to follow the Major League pitching career of Octavio Dotel. It’s incredibly complicated and subject to sudden change. The former Met-Astro-A-Yank-Royal-Brave-Northsider-Buc-Dodger-Rockie-Jay-Card-Tiger free agent might be running out of teams, though, but the tally of hedge funds just keeps growing. At Hedge Fund Research’s last [...]

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Preparing for Your First Cap Intro

March 4, 2014

What if you throw a hedge fund party and nobody comes? Maybe you’ve found a niche strategy nobody has thought of yet. Maybe you’ve built a financial model that looks like the Goldman Sachs’s income statement. You’ve got commitments from reputable third parties to handle all your back-office affairs. You lack only one thing: experience. Before [...]

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Liquidity – The Small Hedge Fund’s Best Value Proposition

February 18, 2014

A hedge fund manager’s model needs to do two very important things besides its principal purpose of finding ways of growing investments in excess of market conditions. It also has to find a way of rewarding the sharp operator who developed it and marketed it. And it also has to have a mechanism for returning [...]

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Perfect Pitch – How Not to Be Tone-Deaf to Investors

February 4, 2014

If you’re managing a hedge fund, it goes without saying that you’re off-the-scale smart when it comes to the math underlying investment analysis. You probably have a model that can pick winners, winnow out the losers and provide a return on capital that’s the envy of all your peers. What you need to understand is [...]

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2014 Hedge Fund Compensation Report Released

January 14, 2014

The latest report on hedge fund compensation benchmarks shows these professionals received increases in both base and bonus amounts. The average compensation was up 16 percent in 2013 and totaled $330,000. Bonuses were the primary force for the increases, while base compensation increased only slightly this year. Base pay increased by 4 percent and bonus [...]

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Hedge Funds in 2013 – The Year in Review

January 7, 2014

The year gone by: One of record-breaking index growth, an explosion in the growth of the number of alternative investment firms, strategies that stretched the bounds of human imagination, and the establishment of long-delayed and much-scrutinized regulations. Whether it was a good year or a bad one for the hedge fund industry is a matter [...]

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2013 Hedge Fund Compensation Survey

October 20, 2013

Benchmark Compensation has opened its seventh annual Hedge Fund Compensation Survey. Each year, the Hedge Fund Compensation Survey provides a benchmark for compensation practices by collecting data directly from the professionals who work in the industry. The purpose of the annual Hedge Fund Compensation Survey is to create an accurate and affordable report that allows [...]

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An Element of Hypocrisy

October 1, 2013

SAC Capital Advisers, LLC has been embroiled in legal battles with the SEC for more than a decade, most revolving around the issue of insider trading. When the practice of insider trading among members of the Senate and Congress (including their staffers) received heavy media scrutiny in November, 2011; the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge [...]

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What to Do When Your Firm Heads South

September 17, 2013

Millions of Americans have lost jobs in the years following the economy’s implosion and it is an unquestioned blow to their self-esteem, finances and life in general. Americans are particularly vulnerable to the effects of job loss on self-esteem. Culturally, a person’s job defines who they are. This cultural tendency, although pervasive, is more prevalent [...]

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