It’s Not Just About Rate Of Return

One common belief is that because hedge funds have under-performed equities they are not worth the fees. This misunderstands the role of hedge funds by focusing on rate of return to the exclusion of all other desirable return characteristics:

  • You are paying a hedge fund for positive returns that are NOT the S&P 500:
    • not correlated to the S&P.
    • without the S&P’s tail risk.
    • without the S&P’s drawdown profile.
  • Hedge funds and managed futures smooth your equity curve reducing sequencing risk.
  • If you are managing a pension plan, endowment, or foundation, you are in this for the long haul. On average, hedgies have under-performed for a couple of years, while the market has out-performed. That’s how diversification works!
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