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Hedgegate Series VII: Early Stage Investing: A Value Add of Experienced FoHFs
Radio Feature 96: Sona Blessing in conversation with Alain De Coster
Thursday, April 10, 2014

radio Alain De Coster is a principal and managing member of ABS, a Fund of Hedge Funds specialised in equity long/short strategies globally. The firm focuses on early investments with small to mid-size investment managers and has extensive experience investing in emerging market countries. Before co-founding ABS in 2002, he was Managing Director and head of Credit Suisse Asset Management’s (CSAM) Alternative Investments Group.

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Hedgegate Series VII: Early Stage Investing: A Value Add of Experienced FoHFs

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  • Q1 - Can you make the case for investing in fund of hedge funds (FoHFs)?

    Duration: 01:35 

  • Q2 - Why have you chosen to focus on long/short equity fund managers?

    Duration: 01:06 

  • Q3 - At the FoHFs portfolio level, how do you cope with the risk of performance cancellation?

    Duration: 00:56 

  • Q4 - Strategically at the FoHFs level, how do you manage positive performance contributions from the short book when markets are upward trending?

    Duration: 01:56 

  • Q5 - Based on your experience of investing in emerging markets, what are the challenges you face there and how do you go about identifying such managers?

    Duration: 01:57 

  • Q6 - How do you manage liquidity, and redemption related risk?

    Duration: 00:22 

  • Q7 - Are your long/short equity managers fundamental stock pickers, quants … please elaborate?

    Duration: 00:34 

  • Q8 - According to you, a FoHFs should “renew” itself, on average, every five years. Could you elaborate on why this is, and on re-balancing the FoHFs portfolio?

    Duration: 01:00 

  • Q9 - How do you manage the risks that arise from being a day-one investor?

    Duration: 01:04 

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