Wed, Oct 1, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

Other Voices: The hedge fund fee conundrum

Monday, June 02, 2014

This article was authored by Andrew Beer, founder of Beachhead Capital Management LLC in New York.

By one estimate, the hedge fund industry managed $2.6 trillion in capital at year-end 2013. Many expect growth to accelerate over the coming five years as institutional investors like US pension funds seek alternatives to investing in low yielding fixed income assets. Deutsche Bank, for example, predicts that industry assets will grow by another $400 billion this year alone.

This growth comes in the face of widespread discontent about the cost of investing in hedge funds. In the pre-crisis period, when hedge funds routinely outperformed traditional assets, the cost of investing was largely overlooked. In recent years, though, as the average hedge fund delivered single digit returns, high fees increasingly have come under scrutiny. To put the issue in context, investors paid approximately $95 billion in fees in 2013, or 44% of what their investors took home. By our estimate, this figure is twice what it should be: in other words, investors overpaid by a staggering $47 billion. The same conclusion can be drawn for each year since the financial crisis.

Why is this? In the post-crisis period, institutional investors and their consultants partially brought down the cost of investing by "dis-intermediating" funds of hedge funds – in essence, cutting out the middleman. However, this represented o......................

To view our full article Click here

Banner

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Socially responsible investments grow in demand, but performance questions persist[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by financial services firm TIAA-CREF showed that interest in socially responsible investing (SRI) is increasing rapidly, but investors are still asking if investing in an SRI strategy

  2. Regulatory - Ireland launches structure for passporting loan origination funds within EU[more]

    From Asiaasset.com: The Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) has introduced new loan origination capabilities that will offer Asian managers and investors a new structure under the European Union’s (EU’s) Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The new structure will allow the mar

  3. Europe - Ed Miliband's war on hedge funds could damage City of London[more]

    From Telegraph.co.uk: Ed Miliband’s plans to wage war on hedge funds could be potentially more damaging to the City of London than even the financial transaction tax (FTT), senior banking sources warned on Tuesday night. The Leader of the Opposition took aim at a number of industries as part of his

  4. News Briefs - SEC probes Pimco ETF over pricing irregularities, BEPs: Action plan released and UK first to adopt country-by-country reporting[more]

    SEC probes Pimco ETF over pricing irregularities The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Pimco’s pricing of exchange traded funds, the latest cloud to hang over the world’s largest bond manager, which has been dogged by poor performance and management infighting. Pimco on

  5. CalPERS’ move might alter hedge fund fees for good[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: When CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, announced on September 15th that it was unwinding its hedge-fund portfolio, it was seen by many as is a significant blow to the sector’s appeal. The Fund is