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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There Is No Market for Good News

August 23, 2013

Headlines are designed to attract the interest of readers. In the past, when print media was king, headlines sold newspapers (and of course they still do). Now, in a news world dominated increasingly by the Internet, headlines are still the best means of encouraging that all important “click.” Clicks are the modern equivalent of daily [...]

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No Billboards—Not Yet!

August 9, 2013

Hedge funds will soon be venturing into uncharted territory—marketing sophisticated investments, once the purview of the über-wealthy and institutional investors, to the broader retail market. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), pursuant to a mandate put forth in the American JOBS Act of 2011, has finally met its duty under the law and lifted the [...]

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Hedge Funds Seek to Secure a Future in Retail Alternatives

July 1, 2013

Hedge fund managers are casting a jealous eye upon the lucrative retail market as institutional investors hammer hedge fund fee structures in the ongoing quest for improved value in their investments. Small Pool—Vast Ocean Hedge funds managers are beginning to face certain realities regarding the many issues with which they are challenged; increased regulatory pressures, unfavorable public [...]

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