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Hedge funds must reach $250m in AUM to break even - Citi Prime Finance

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to a new survey released this morning by Citi Prime Finance, it takes $250m in assets under management for a hedge fund to exist on its management fees alone. The report, 2012 Hedge Fund Business Expense Survey, was conducted by Citi Prime Finance to shed light on business expenses involved in running a hedge fund, and to provide benchmarks for hedge fund executives as well as for investors conducting due diligence into how managers run their organizations.

The survey captured data from funds based in North America, Europe and Asia and found that hedge fund manager expenditures on support personnel and third-party expenses totaled $14.1bn in 2012, the equivalent of 65 basis points of total industry assets. These expenses include marketing, investor relations, risk and compliance, operations and technology, and business management, but do not include compensation costs for investment management personnel. Citi Prime Finance surveyed more than 80 hedge fund firms representing $186bn in assets under management (AUM), 8.5% of total industry assets.

According to the authors of the report, "the main finding of this inaugural operations and technology benchmark survey is that the cost of running a hedge fund is substantial and even the largest funds requ......................

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