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The matter of hedge fund fees

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Europe.

There was much debate about hedge fund fees at Terrapinn's Hedge 2010 London conference on Tuesday. The 2 and 20 structure has become norm over the past years and has been brought into question since 2008, when most hedge funds failed to deliver what the high fees were for, that is, uncorrelated returns.

Opalesque is here reporting commentaries from Millennium's Israel Englander and GLC's Caroline Hoare, as well as from some major investors.

Izzy on fees "Is the power shifting back to the hedge fund manager?" asked Israel Englander, Chairman and CEO of Millennium Management, at the conference. "My response is; it is not about the transfer of power... For twenty years, nothing has changed; we get paid on performance."

Englander said that Millennium, which is head-quartered in New York, had been adding a lot of transparency for its investors of late. The firm has also increased controls and oversights (they now do two audits each year), invested in state-of-the-art technology, and built a strong management team to help run the place. Englander, who switched from trading to management, enjoys getting out more, and not spending entire days in front of computer screens. "We also have an Investor Day," he added.

Twenty years a......................

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