Hedge Funds: Conclusion
AAA
  1. Hedge Funds: Introduction
  2. Hedge Funds: Structures
  3. Hedge Funds: Strategies
  4. Hedge Funds: Characteristics
  5. Hedge Funds: Performance Measurement
  6. Hedge Funds: Risks
  7. Hedge Funds: Why Choose Hedge Funds?
  8. Hedge Funds: The Due Diligence Process
  9. Hedge Funds: Funds Of Funds
  10. Hedge Funds: Conclusion

Hedge Funds: Conclusion

By Dan Barufaldi

Hedge funds can be complicated investment vehicles that are difficult to understand. This is due partly to the complex strategies they use, and partly to the high level of secrecy inherent in trying to prevent others from copying your investment methodology. It doesn't help the industry that the media usually only showcases hedge funds when there is a huge blow-up or, in a few cases, when a hedge fund has incredibly high returns.

The truth of the matter is that there are hedge funds that generate attractive (relative to expectations) returns, and sometimes the return pattern can be volatile while other times the pattern is very stable. There is a hedge fund to fit the risk/return guidelines of any investor and with proper education, evaluation, and familiarity with them, they become much less intimidating.

This is not to say that anyone should take a hedge fund investment lightly. As I mentioned earlier, there are more risks to a hedge fund than the probability of losing money. For example, there is the risk that an investor may not have access to their cash for extended periods due to lock-ups. And there is a much more subtle risk of a hedge fund having style drift and causing the investor's portfolio allocation to become sub-optimal.

As the industry continues to evolve, we may see additional regulation that may help to assess the merits of hedge fund investing. Or we may see third-party research companies increase their hedge fund coverage to provide opinions to investors. Morningstar has already begun to perform analysis on certain hedge funds and has their own hedge fund database. For now, most of the due diligence needs to be performed by the investor or their investment advisor.

For further reading, check out Hedge Funds Hunt For Upside, Regardless Of The Market and Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?


  1. Hedge Funds: Introduction
  2. Hedge Funds: Structures
  3. Hedge Funds: Strategies
  4. Hedge Funds: Characteristics
  5. Hedge Funds: Performance Measurement
  6. Hedge Funds: Risks
  7. Hedge Funds: Why Choose Hedge Funds?
  8. Hedge Funds: The Due Diligence Process
  9. Hedge Funds: Funds Of Funds
  10. Hedge Funds: Conclusion
RELATED TERMS
  1. Smart Beta

    Investment strategies that emphasize the use of alternative weighting ...
  2. Discretionary Investment Management

    A form of investment management in which buy and sell decisions ...
  3. Account Minimum

    The minimum balance required to be maintained in an investment ...
  4. Capital Growth

    The increase in value of an asset or investment over time. It ...
  5. Absolute Percentage Growth

    An increase in the value of an asset or account expressed in ...
  6. Historic Pricing

    A method for calculating the value of an asset using the last ...
  1. What is the purpose of a hedge fund?

    Find out what a hedge fund is, how it is set up and why it is different than other forms of investment partnerships like ...
  2. What are the risks involved in keeping my money in a money market account?

    Setting aside funds in a money market account can be a safe investment strategy, but investors should be aware of the risks ...
  3. Does it make sense for me to have a money market account if I don't want to buy any ...

    Saving funds within a money market account or mutual fund does not have to be limited to those wanting to buy or sell securities ...
  4. How much of my total assets should I be keeping in my money market account?

    Investing a portion of total assets in a cash position such as a money market account provides investors access to funds ...

You May Also Like

Related Tutorials
  1. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Top ETFs And What They Track: A Tutorial

  2. Retirement

    Analyzing The Best Retirement Plans And Investment Options

  3. Trading Strategies

    Commodities Outlook For The Remainder Of 2012

  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Complete Guide To Investment Companies, Funds And REITs

  5. Taxes

    The Complete Guide To Retirement Planning For 30-Somethings

Trading Center