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How Hedge Funds Keep Winning Clients Despite Prolonged Slump

The average hedge fund has returned 5.1 percent annually over the last 10 years, according to HFR, a hedge fund data firm. The investment vehicle has even been outperformed by many “balanced” mutual funds. But the flow of clients to hedge funds isn’t slowing down, which begs the question: how do hedge funds keep winning clients when performance ...
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Preqin: Hedge Funds Grew More Than Any Alternative in 2014

Hedge funds experienced the most asset growth of any alternative asset class in 2014, according to a Preqin report. Despite scrutiny over low returns and high expenses, investors put more money into hedge funds in 2014 than private equity, infrastructure or venture capital. More from Chief Investment Officer: Despite a disappointing year for returns ...
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Chart: Negotiating Hedge Fund Expenses

A recent survey asked investors: have you negotiated a cap on direct expenses with your hedge funds managers? This chart, above, displays the results. The 2013 version of the same survey found that fees were the biggest obstacle for institutional investors looking to put money in hedge funds:   1st chart credit: Ernst & Young 2014 survey 2nd ...
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Newspaper: Kentucky Pension Officials Have “Forgotten Whom They Work For”

Pension360 has covered the push in recent weeks by several Kentucky lawmakers to make the state’s pension system more transparent. The secrecy surrounding Kentucky’s pension investments is well documented, and the issue has even spurred a lawsuit. One Kentucky newspaper wrote Tuesday that pension officials have “forgotten whom they work for” ...
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Pennsylvania Not Cutting Hedge Funds Despite State Auditor’s Skepticism

CalPERS’ decision to pull out of hedge funds is having a ripple effect across the country. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released this skeptical statement on the state pension system’s hedge fund investments: “Hedge fund investments may be an appropriate strategy for certain investors and I trust that SERS and PSERS ...
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CalPERS To Ditch Hedge Funds Entirely

CalPERS has been reviewing its hedge fund strategy for months, and that review initially led to a 40 percent pullback from hedge funds. But now the California pension fund has announced plans to cut the cord from hedge funds entirely, pulling out $4 billion from 30 hedge funds. From Reuters: Calpers, the largest U.S. pension system, said on Monday ...
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Video: The Evolution of Allocating to Hedge Funds

Bloomberg TV sat down with Agecroft Partners founder Don Steinbrugge to talk about pension fund investments in hedge funds and what it means for both sides. Other topics touched: hedge funds facing the reality of having to settle for less fees and more transparency to play ball with pension funds, and paying pension fund staff market rates. Watch the ...
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