Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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Mar 27 2012 | 12:19pm ET
The influx of Goldman Sachs' top proprietary trading talent into the hedge fund industry has not proven the boon to investors that many expected.
Six funds helmed by former Goldman traders, including the two biggest, have failed to make investors a nickel since their launch, Bloomberg News reports. While few, if any, have had trouble raising money—the six collected more than US$4.5 billion—all have failed to produce positive returns since inception.
The most prominent ex-Goldman hedge funds, Pierre-Henri Flamand's Edoma Capital Partners and Morgan Sze's Azentus Capital Management, each raised at least US$2 billion. But Edoma is down 2.4% in its first 16 months, and Azentus has lost 4.8% in its first nine.
Over the same period that Sze made his losses, Ariel Roskis and Danielle Benatoff lost investors in their Benros Capital Partners 1.7%.
Even the somewhat less entrepreneurial, those who joined other firms rather than founding their own, have yet to find success. Bob Howard, Goldman's former head of U.S. prop. trading, and his 11-person team have lost 1.4% in the hedge fund they launched at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in its first seven months. And Elif Aktug will have to begin raising outside capital with a track record of having lost 2.3% since April at her Agora Fund, part of Pictet & Cie.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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