Hedge Fund Attrition Rate Falls Again

Feb 1 2007 | 12:03pm ET

Misery loves company, and Amaranth Advisors had plenty of that in 2006, as some 450 hedge funds closed their doors.

Of course, none were as spectacular as the blow up of Greenwich, Conn.-based Amaranth, which lost some $5 billion on natural gas trades gone bad. But, according to the Hennessee Group, which compiled the data, many shuttered more quietly for the same reason: poor performance. Others fled the growing hedge fund industry due to fewer trading opportunities or for greener pastures in new careers.

The news, however, was far from all bad. While 450 hedge funds said goodbye, last year saw the birth of between 1,000 and 1,500 funds. What’s more, the overall attrition rate declined, with just 5.1% of funds tracked by Hennessee closing, compared to 5.4% in 2005, 6.2% in 2004 and 6.4% in 2000. Over the past eight years, an average of 5.2% of hedge funds have thrown in the towel annually.

Hennessee went on to predict that failures and liquidations should continue to decline in the future.

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…