Hedge Funds

A look at types of Hedge funds, their popularity, and what research says about their performance.

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    Easy to grasp infographic on Hedge funds

    New to hedge fund world? This will start you off

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    Hedge fund - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A hedge fund is an investment vehicle and a business structure with a higher than average risk appetite that pools capital from a number of investors and invests in securities and other instruments. It is administered by a professional management firm, and often structured as a limited partnership, limited liability company, or similar vehicle.

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    A primer on Hedge funds by Fung and Hsieh

    https://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~dah7/primer.pdf Abstract: "In this paper, we provide a rationale for how hedge funds are organized and some insight on how hedge fund performance differs from traditional mutual funds. Statistical differences among hedge fund styles are used to supplement qualitative differences in the way hedge fund strategies are described. Risk factors associated with different trading styles are discussed. We give examples where standard linear statistical techniques are unlikely to capture the risk of hedge fund investments where the returns are primarily driven by non-linear dynamic strategies. "

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    Types of Hedge Funds

    Within the investment industry, there are many different strategies that can be utilized in an attempt to get a greater return on the capital invested. As such, there are many different types of hedge funds with a diverse realm of investing styles.

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    Global Hedge Fund AUM Touches $2.3 Trillion

    The best set of historical charts showing growth of hedge fund industry. Aided by excellent performance-based gains delivered by hedge fund managers, the global hedge funds' assets under management hit a new high of $2.3 trillion in 2014, notes a Eurekahedge report. Separately, as we reported earlier, total alternative assets have hit close to $7 trillion according to data from Preqin.

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    Hedge Fund Industry Assets Under Management

    The quarter end figures represent estimated assets under management for the hedge fund industry utilizing AUM information provided by contributing hedge fund managers. To view historical information please click on the respective category. There you will be able to download an Excel file with the available historical data.

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    Barclay Hedge Fund Index | BarclayHedge, Ltd.

    The Barclay Hedge Fund Index is a measure of the average return of all hedge funds (excepting Funds of Funds) in the Barclay database. The index is simply the arithmetic average of the net returns of all the funds that have reported that month.

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    Hedge funds and the active management crisis

    Active management and hedge funds have suffered what amounts to a mini-meltdown in recent years as ambitious client expectations have collided with complex market conditions and slow, tectonic shifts in the finance landscape.

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    urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-146730 : Do hedge funds yield greater risk-adjusted rate of returns than mutual funds?A quantitative study comparing hedge funds to mutual funds and hedge fund strategies

    "Our results show that Swedish hedge funds do not generate as high risk-adjusted returns as Swedish mutual funds. In regard to the best performing hedge fund strategy, the results are inconclusive. Also, we do not find any evidence that hedge funds violate the effective market hypothesis."

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    The Hedge Fund Mirage: The Illusion of Big Money and Why It’s Too Good to Be True

    "This presentation comes from the Financial Analysts Seminar: Improving the Investment Decision-Making Process held in Chicago on 23–27 July 2012 in partnership with the CFA Society of Chicago. Some of the smartest investment managers in the world are running hedge funds. The problem is that the profits are not flowing back to the clients. The challenge is for investors to avail themselves of some of the most talented investment managers around in such a way that they can get a fair piece of the return on their money—and they have not been able to do so thus far. In my research, I found that if all the money that has ever been invested in hedge funds had been put in Treasury bills instead, the results for investors would have been twice as good as they have been in reality"

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    How hedge-fund geniuses got beaten by monkeys - again

    By The average hedge fund has produced a worse investment performance in the first half of this year than a portfolio consisting of a savings account at your local bank and a random collection of stocks picked by a blindfolded monkey. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

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    The Great Hedge-Fund Mystery: Why Do They Make So Much? - The New Yorker

    This is the time of year when publications that cover the hedge-fund industry do their annual rankings, and people get irate about the vast sums of money that the top hedgies make-in some cases, billions of dollars.

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    Hedge fund performance fees decline sharply - FT.com

    The income hedge funds receive from performance fees has fallen drastically this year, dropping more in the first half of 2015 than in the previous seven years combined. The fear is the drop in performance fees, coupled with weak returns across the

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    Why you can beat most billionaire hedge fund managers

    Good article! includes 60:40 alternative benchmark

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    Performance and the Potential of Managed Futures in the Market Crisis Period by Kai-Hong Tee :: SSRN

    The growth of the managed futures industry increased dramatically in the late 1970s following the introduction of the world's first financial futures contracts

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    Warren Buffett Loses A Bit of Ground in His 'Million-Dollar Bet'

    Results are in for 2015, the eighth year of the 10-year Million-Dollar Bet, and for once-but don't get too excited-there's something mildly positive to say about the hedge fund side. Recall the bet first: It's between Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and a money management firm, Protégé Partners.

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    Hedge Funds: are we sure?

    Opening Remarks At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, a group of famous hedge fund managers was made to stand before Congress like thieves in a stockade and defend their existence to an angry public.

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    From the Principal Funds

    Good example of how costs are dropping and becoming available to smaller investors

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    My opinion

    Hedge funds are here to stay.  They play a valuable role in many areas of finance.  Can they beat the market?  Not in aggregate.  Are they overly expensive? YES.  What can they do?  To me the best use of hedge funds is to lower overall portfolio risk.  Can this be done?  Yes, but not all funds to it. Many funds are nothing more than glorified, and very expensive, mutual funds.  

    However, those that do invest in assets that have low correlations to the market (and invest in assets that typical investors do not have easy access to) offer a service to their investors.  We can argue about the costs (the costs are falling), but low correlations are valuable in portfolios. 

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    A look at the Warren Buffet Hedge Fund bet

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