Wednesday, 27 August 2014
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Aug 23 2011 | 11:54am ET
The hedge fund managers who fled London for Switzerland are learning that there may be more powerful forces than higher taxes.
A handful of hedge funds relocated to Switzerland, and many others opened offices there, in the wake of the U.K.'s decision to increase its top tax rate from 40% to 50%, giving employees a way to avoid the higher levies. But those who have done so may be regretting it: Whatever they might be saving in tax they appear to be losing due to the skyrocketing cost of living in their Alpine tax haven.
The value of the Swiss franc has soared 25% against the dollar over the past year-and-a-half, putting a real crimp into the average hedgie's purchasing power.
"Everything is getting very expensive," Glen Millar of Kinetic Partners, which has made a tidy business of helping hedge funds open their doors in Switzerland, told The Telegraph. "In Basel and Geneva, a lot of people are going across the border to do their shopping."
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…