Friday, 24 October 2014
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Oct 2 2008 | 7:06am ET
By Christopher Holt -- Cynics often describe hedge funds not as a unique asset class or investment strategy, but as a unique “fee structure.“ To some extent, they are correct.
After all, mutual funds now use hedge fund strategies (long/short, 130/30 etc.) and yet we still call them mutual funds. Conversely, many hedge funds pursue high-beta long bias (a.k.a. mutual fund) strategies, yet we still refer to them as hedge funds. And indeed, one of the main regulatory differences between the two types of funds is the ability to charge a performance fee.
Hedge fund fees are generally viewed by the media with a jaundiced eye. Many people have expressed frustration that hedge fund fees don’t seem to budge -- even as hedge funds have been producing lackluster absolute returns.
Take 2008 for example. A recent study by Eurekahedge recently found that 90% of hedge funds are currently below their hurdle rates or high water marks and are therefore at risk of earning no performance fee this year. And that was only as of July 31. Continue Reading Article On AllAboutAlpha
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…
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