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Hedge fund launches shrink as banks retain traders with bigger pay: hedge fund news week 45

Monday, November 11, 2013

In the week ending 8th November, 2013, it was reported that only 418 hedge funds have been set up so far this year, compared to 725 and 780 established in the two preceding years respectively, according to data provider Preqin; this is as banks fight to retain star traders with bigger pay packages, reported the FT; meanwhile, a Glocap compensation report revealed that the starting salary for junior professionals in the hedge fund industry had risen for the third consecutive year and now stands at $335,000 for 2013; and new research from Cerulli Associates found that 47% of asset managers expect to hire dedicated marketing personnel and 41% expect to hire dedicated sales personnel in the next 12 months.

Adam Levinson, CEO of Fortress Investment Group Inc.’s Asia Macro funds, is reportedly in talks with the $58bn alternative asset manager about launching his own hedge-fund firm.

Axial Capital Management, the once-$1.8bn hedge fund firm seeded by Julian Robertson of Tiger Management, is shutting down following several years of losses fuelled by short bets against stocks said CNBC.

The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index was up 1.86% in October (7.36% YTD); The HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted a gain of +1.20% (......................

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