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Kyria Capital Management bets on women hedge fund managers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

As hedge fund assets top $3 trillion, and long/short strategies get more crowded than ever, with every manager hunting for even the tiniest bit of alpha, a new firm has emerged that claims its own edge – women. A recent Rothstein Kass study showed women-owned and women-managed hedge funds (collectively "women-run") posted annualized returns through the financial crisis and recovery of +6.0% versus the HFRX Global Fund Index performance of -1.1%, according to the latest white paper from Kyria Capital Management.

Kyria firm composed solely of women managers, and managing partner Kristina Koutrakos says that she’s designed the fund to showcase the strength of female managers.

Research shows that while women don’t have a biological predisposition to financial outperformance, they do tend to have a common set of biases that make them manage money differently from men. These choices, over the long haul, typically outperform.

However, the overwhelming amount of investor assets make it to the top five percent of hedge funds, and those hedge funds are dominated by male money managers. The reasons for this range from bigger funds, simply attracting more assets because they are already the biggest, to an outright open bias against allocating to women who are perceived as weak or more emotional. "Women owned funds have statistically seen fewer asset allocations for a variety of reasons," Koutrakos adds. "But once investors see the d......................

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