Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Jan 18 2008 | 8:07am ET
BlackRock’s hedge funds enjoyed a stellar year, and the money management giant profited handsomely.
The New York-based firm, the biggest publicly-traded asset manager, said its fourth-quarter earnings jumped 90% to $322 million. Its revenue rose 42% to $1.4 billion, thanks in no small part to a four-fold increase in performance fees.
“We had an extraordinary year in terms of performance fees,” CEO Laurence Fink said. “Our fixed-income hedge funds navigated very carefully in the credit crisis.”
BlackRock’s Obsidian hedge fund, a fixed-income offering, returned almost 30% last year. In addition, the firm acquired Quellos Group’s $20 billion hedge fund unit, helping push its alternative assets under management up 48% to $71 billion. Performance fees soared from $40 million in 2006 to $153 million last year.
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The surge in derivatives regulation is among the most complex challenges facing the financial services industry today. Northern Trust’s Joshua Satten recently spoke with FINalternatives to share insights into the challenges presented by new regulation and explore how the industry is responding. Read more…