How to pick a fund of funds

Wed May 21, 2008

What to look out for when making your selection

Phil Irvine, director of advisory services at Liability Solutions, looks at how to sift through more than 2,500 funds from some 500 providers to find the right one for you

The term ‘hedge fund’ is used to describe a very wide range of investment vehicles that share certain similar characteristics. Commonly, hedge funds are domiciled offshore, have broad mandates (from very cautious to extremely aggressive), close to new investments once they reach a certain size, have higher fees (typically with a performance element to them) and tend to have worse liquidity terms than most bond or equity funds.

Generally, most managers have a significant personal stake in the funds they manage and aim to achieve positive returns in differing market conditions.

With over 8,000 hedge funds in existence and assets exceeding $2 trillion, there is plenty of evidence...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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