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The Risk Assessment Spectrum: A Critical Tool for Investors Pt2

December 20, 2012 Comments (0)

The ‘basic bucket’ explained Let’s focus on the ‘basic bucket’ and look at each individual measurement. When we are talking about deviation type statistics, a common one is Standard Deviation.  Basically, you are measuring the variation of your returns around a mean – how spread out are your returns? Do they tend to be around the mean? Or are they all over the place or piled on either end of the spectrum?  The problem with this is that if you try to use it as a risk statistic, you have to have...

The Risk Assessment Spectrum: A Critical Tool for Investors Pt1

November 20, 2012 Comments (0)

To what degree do you consider risk when making investment allocations? Identifying portfolio risk adequately and efficiently is a common talking point among investors.  Investors often get hung-up over the complexity of portfolio risk management, by overestimating the resources it requires and the costs involved. In this series of blog posts, we will explore what we define as the ‘risk spectrum’ by focusing on portfolio risk management in order to help you better understand the different...

PerTrac Joins The eVestment Family

November 13, 2012 Comments (0)

By now you have probably heard the great news that PerTrac has been acquired by eVestment.  We are very excited about this outcome – and very pleased to be working more closely with a company with whom we have enjoyed a great partnership previously.  In addition, eVestment announced the acquisition of Fundspire today.  Incredible!  This brings together three of the premier technology brands in our industry.  Together, we will offer the most complete portfolio of solutions in the market.  This...

Hedge Fund Exceptionalism In A Year When Red Was The Standard

November 12, 2012 Comments (0)

Last year was tough for hedge funds. Put simply, 2011 was the second worst performance year on record for the average hedge fund since 1996.  Though the average hedge fund suffered substantial losses in 2008, the case could be made that it actually hedged, since it fared better than most major market indices. But while some key market indices ended 2011 flat or in slightly positive territory, the average hedge fund finished the year down. Pundits were questioning what value a fee-charging...

The Bigger They Are, The Less They(’ve) Fall(en)

October 15, 2012 Comments (0)

The popular idiom, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, doesn’t always manifest itself in the hedge fund space. PerTrac’s Impact of Size and Age on Hedge Fund Performance: 1996 – 2011 study, finds that large hedge funds show the best stamina when performance across the industry is down. In what became only the second year in which hedge funds of all sizes finished in the red since 1996—the first year being 2008—the average large fund again outperformed its peers in 2011. While last year’s...

The United States and Europe Hold a Monopoly on the World’s Largest Funds

September 25, 2012 Comments (0)

  he United States, the birthplace of hedge funds, and Europe, the birthplace of funds of hedge funds (FoHFs), collectively housed more than 91% of the management companies of the world’s biggest hedge funds and over 93% of the globe’s largestFoHFs at the end of the first half of 2012.  A small contingent of 413 billion-dollar-plus hedge funds and FoHFs—less than 3% of 14,013 funds reporting information—were responsible for managing a leviathan sum of $1.353 trillion, or nearly 60 cents of...

Infographic:Illuminating the World of Hedge Funds

September 11, 2012 Comments (0)

Untitled Document The hedge fund industry has been undergoing rapid change. From new regulatory requirements like Form PF to newfound abilities to advertise offered by the JOBS Act, the pace of change is only accelerating. These changes not only bring needed transparency to the industry, but they also raise the profile of hedge funds among investors and non-investors alike. With advertising looming ahead, there’s little doubt that the profile of hedge funds will rise further.  With this in...

Hedge Funds Are Off To A Healthy Start In The First Half of 2012

August 28, 2012 Comments (0)

  Hedge funds bolstered their ranks and coffers in the first half of 2012, shrugging off tumultuous trading environments stemming from geopolitical uncertainty. Reported assets under management (AUM) of single-manager hedge funds rose to $1.892 trillion at the end of first half 2012, a 5.23% increase since year-end 2011. The number of single-manager hedge funds reporting information increased by 7.46% in the same time period, to a total of 10,754 funds.    Funds of hedge funds (FoHFs), however,...

Volatility Is Up In The First Half Of 2012, Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

July 31, 2012 Comments (0)

Volatility is up by as much as 5.61 points in the first half of 2012 across major world markets, driven by uncertainty arising from the Euro-zone debt crisis, slowing economies in emerging markets, as well as the rising tide of pending regulations and the presidential election in the United States. Markets in the East are showing the greatest volatility in the first half of 2012 and have had experienced the largest point increases in volatility relative to the first half of 2011: Hong Kong’s...

Which Horse to Bet On: The Advantages of Allocating to Large Funds

June 27, 2012 Comments (0)

Which Horse to Bet On: The Advantages of Allocating to Large Funds Much has been written and discussed about the advantages of small hedge funds, including PerTrac’s own study that shows smaller funds outperform larger ones.  Nimble and able to fly under the radar, small funds can traverse markets undetected.  Their modest size fuels a hunger to generate returns so that they can earn a performance fee to augment their basic management fee which, by itself, may not provide an adequate paycheck....