Thursday, September 18, 2008

Avoid these mistakes when you evaluate single-manager hedge funds

If you focus only on investment essentials such as philosophy, process, performance, and people when evaluating single-manager hedge funds, you could miss out on some key information.

Some of the other questions you should consider, according to "Selecting Single-Manager Hedge Funds for Private Client Advisers" by Richard Boutland, include:
  • For a non-U.S. fund, who is the fund administrator and how extensive is their role? Boutland prefers strong, involved administrators.
  •  Is the fund managed in a country with a strong regulator?
  • Does the fund manager have adequate operations expertise and adequate capital? Boutland notes that "on many occasions 'star traders' have set up their own firms only to fail through lack of adequate information technology, compliance, trade support, personnel, investor relations, and all of the other operational support."
  • Are there special terms for other investors that discriminate against redemptions by new investors? 
Boutland's article appeared in the CFA Institute's Private Wealth Management e-newsletter.



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