Summer of 1,000 Posts: Hedge Fund Industry Trends

05 Jul 2009

Today, we bring you another installment of our “Summer of 1,000 posts” (more…)

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HF managed accounts may not be no-brainer.  May require quarter – maybe half – a brain after all. Hedge fund managed accounts used to have only “limitations”.  Now they have “drawbacks”…

A three-way battle for supremacy in Hedge Fund Industry 2.0 Hedge funds, mutual funds, and pension funds seem to be positioning themselves for the “renaissance” in Hedgistan.

Does HF “enlightenment” actually herald an end to the industry as we know it? A column in the FT compares the current state of the hedge fund industry to the e-business industry circa 1999.  Do the uncanny parallels between the two industries mean we can now predict what’s to come?

Study finds that before “swinging for the fences” HF managers are influenced by several factors A new paper finds that under performing hedge funds that might be tempted to swing for the fences in desperation actually consider several factors (either consciously or unconsciously) before swinging the bat.

Do managed accounts reduce asymmetries or enhance them?  It may depend on who you ask. Apparently, managed accounts are a weapon that can be employed by either institutional behemoths or retail small fry.

The changing face of hedge fund branding More evidence that for hedge fund and traditional managers alike, the grass is always greener on the other side.

Institutional HF survey reveals some startling shifts in opinion during the past year Many surveys of the hedge fund industry lack a benchmark against which to gauge results.  But here’s one that have been running for several years now – with roughly the same sample population.  What it reveals about 2008 is startling.

Hedge fund bracketology and other tidbits in new DB report Think you can call the results of this year’s hedge fund championships?  See what the rest of the global hedge fund community has in their bracket for this year.

Is Merger Arbitrage going the way of the dodo? Is merger arbitrage going the way of the dodo bird?  Perhaps, according to two researchers.

Survey says HF industry “getting back to its (affluent investor) roots”.  Yet institutions continue to dominate. Survey results published last week by an accounting firm focusing on affluent investors suggest that one segment is now more critical than others to hedge funds’ growth plans: affluent investors.  Go figure…

Reading the divergent hedge fund industry barometers One estimate of the size of the hedge fund industry garnered a lot of attention last week.  It comes in at the high end of various other divergent estimates published recently.  In fact, you might be surprised at the difference of opinion out there.

“Subscription Gates”: Why some hedge funds (used to) turn their backs on new money We’ve heard a lot of about hedge fund “redemption gates”.  But what happened to “subscription gates”?

Value of HF companies dives in Q4, but “growth trajectory remains strong”: Report Automobiles weren’t the only things sitting in showrooms unsold at the end of Q4…

Let The Data Set You Free Data contained in Credit Suisse’s new 2008 hedge fund year-in-review challenges some of the assumptions that have recently come to pass as fact.

Despite operational risk reporting standards, chasm remains between hedge fund investors and managers A study released on Friday shows that investors have always been concerned about hedge fund transparency.  But a closer look reveals that investors value different types of transparency to very different extents than their managers.

Academic study finds hedge funds more likely to sail into the sunset than go down in blaze of glory A new research paper confirms that despite what is often reported in the media, hedge fund flame-outs are the exception, not the rule.

Post-Madoff HF Investors: Some stop, some go, and some start their own funds Rather than driving them away from hedge funds, the Madoff affair may actually encourage some larger institutional investors to launch their own funds.

Study says big hedge funds have several advantages including economies of scale, alpha, and “well known” auditors It’s not just hokey hedge fund marketing to say that “due diligence is a source of alpha”.  Here’s a study that says the fixed cost nature of due diligence means larger hedge funds have a serious head start.

New study on redemption gates requires a closer look A new study on redemption gates was widely publicized last week.  We take a closer look at its findings and discover that some media reports may have oversimplified things a little.

Mystical Dates on the Hedgistanian Calendar Mystics, shamen and astrologers often associate calamities with specific calendar dates.  It turns out that financial journalists may not be that different.

Returns of so-called “dead” hedge funds found not to be that bad after all When hedge funds “die” do their assets go to the great hedge fund-of-funds in the sky?  No, says a team of researchers.  They say they have found a way to calculate the returns of these funds even after they stop reporting to hedge fund databases.

Hedge fund report looks ahead and asks “How soon is it safe to invest again?” By now, we all know that hedge funds are experiencing the twin problems of redemptions and poor returns.  But some people are starting to look ahead.

Hedge fund “families” growing larger every year The first ever study to examine hedge fund “families” comes to some some useful conclusions about hedge fund managers with growing broods.

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