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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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Are Hedge Funds Becoming Irrelevant

April 6, 2013

As the quinquennial of the financial crisis approaches, the intrinsic value of the hedge fund industry is being questioned by growing numbers of institutional investors. After nearly a decade of underperformance as compared to major equity indices, this should come as no shock. The real question is how this shifting paradigm threatens the hedge fund [...]

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Hedge Funds and Private Equity Segue to Real Estate

March 28, 2013

In the never-ending quest for alpha, hedge fund managers and private equity firms are turning once again to real estate. Bank REO Is the Target According to a recent article in Reuters, Blackstone Group LP has embarked on an innovative strategy which involves the purchase of bank-owned properties in targeted U.S. markets.  Currently active in [...]

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Domiciling a New Hedge Fund – Key Considerations

January 17, 2013

When starting a hedge fund, determining in which country to launch the new fund is among the highest priorities of a manager. The decision of where to domicile the new fund can have a huge impact on the type of investors that will be attracted, associated costs, regulatory governance, speed of the launch, strategies that can [...]

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Hybrid Concentration Risk Challenges Hedge Fund Managers

June 26, 2012

The trend in recent years of institutional investors bypassing fund of funds and opting for direct investment into hedge funds based upon investment consultant recommendations is certainly no secret within the hedge fund industry. While the FoHF industry has experienced net redemptions each year dating to 2007, the number of institutional investors utilizing the service [...]

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Promising Hedge Fund Strategies for 2012

January 30, 2012

Hedge fund managers speaking at the Gaim USA 2012 conference in Boca Raton, Florida, this past week identified two of the most promising hedge fund strategies and sources of alpha for 2012. Hedge fund managers are already licking their chops over the potential of distressed debt investments in Europe, as the continent’s banks struggle to strengthen [...]

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Two Hedge Fund Strategies Picking Up the Slack

January 23, 2012

There are a few bright spots as hedge fund managers come off a dismal year for hedge fund performance. Two hedge fund strategies are showing the biggest inflow from investors looking to cash in on volatility. Discretionary and systematic macro funds, which actively trade across all asset classes, showed a net inflow of $7.9 billion [...]

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Specialist Funds Prosper Through Economic Storms

December 12, 2011

Fundweb in the UK recently profiled Smith & Williamson, a firm that has so far weathered the beating that many other funds have suffered by focusing on two market niches where investor interest is still keen. Smith & Williamson has roughly £11.5 billion (US$ 17.9 billion) of funds under management at October 31, 2011. The [...]

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Sustainable and Responsible Hedge Funds on the Rise

October 31, 2011

Assets in hedge funds and other funds devoted to environmental, social and responsible investing strategies jumped by 16 percent in 2010, according to survey results released by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) is making significant inroads into the world of alternative investing. Some $80.9 billion was invested in [...]

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Size of Hedge Funds Impacting Performance

October 3, 2011

Smaller hedge funds have been outperforming mid-size and larger funds, and younger funds have been outdistancing older ones, according to recent research from PerTrac, a leading hedge fund analytics firm. Their most recent report, “Impact of Fund Size and Age on Hedge Fund Performance,” was released this past week. It revealed that funds with less [...]

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