Q&A: Mutual Fund Offers 'Simple' Take On Hedge Funds

Feb 25 2013 | 2:32pm ET

Before founding his current venture—Ridgefield, Conn.-based boutique investment manager Simple AlternativesJim Dilworth worked on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; helped Reuters build out its Globex platform; worked at GAM vet Clark Winter's fund hedge funds; headed his own, Charles Schwab-backed alternative investment firm; and worked at institutional fund of funds Common Sense Investment Management. Over that time, he tells FINalternatives Senior Reporter Mary Campbell, he came to respect “smaller long/short equity-focused guys with significant short-selling experience.” And when started his own mutual fund of hedge funds—the $68 million S1 fund, which returned 6.2% in 2012—those were the managers he sought.

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