San Diego Pension Told Hedge Funds 'Just A Compensation Scheme'

Feb 25 2013 | 11:52am ET

A California public pension fund could do just as well with index funds as hedge funds, its consultant advises.

Salient Partners, whose Lee Partridge serves as chief investment officer for the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association, recommended that the pension ditch some of its hedge funds for passive index funds.

"A lot of hedge funds in general are just a compensation scheme," Salient quantitative expert Roberto Croce told SDCERA during the education session.

"It's really the fees," he added. "Fees, fees, fees. Fees have a very high Sharpe ratio: They are guaranteed. They are not going to miss any charges. Really, what we want to demonstrate here is that a very simple, plain vanilla implementation has a relatively large margin."


In Depth

High Time For A Cannabis Hedge Fund?

Sep 30 2014 | 7:07am ET

Launching a hedge fund is always a gamble, but Leslie Bocskor's decision to launch...

Lifestyle

Griffin Donates $1M To Rauner's Illinois Gov. Campaign

Sep 22 2014 | 9:29am ET

Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin definitely has a dog in this fight. The Citadel...

Guest Contributor

Appraisal Ratio Key To Evaluating Hedge Funds And Other New Investments

Sep 29 2014 | 3:07pm ET

As a former finance professor Peter Hecht experiences heartburn every time he hears...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Must Attend Hedge Fund Charity Events For October

    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…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

High frequency market making

High frequency trading is not evil, it is not a conspiracy and it really is not new; it is the natural evolution of the professional trading community making markets, providing liquidity and hopefully...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.