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Visual Guide to Hedge Funds

ISBN: 978-1-118-27837-6
224 pages
March 2014
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Vivid graphics make hedge funds, how they work and how to invest in them, accessible for investors and finance professionals

Despite the recent wave of scandals related to the hedge fund industry, interest in hedge funds as a relatively safe alternative investment remains high. Yet details about how the industry operates and the strategies employed by different types of hedge funds is hard to come by. With increasing calls from lawmakers and the media for industry reform, it is incumbent upon finance professionals and high-net-worth individuals to take a good look before leaping into hedge funds. That's where the Bloomberg Visual Guide to Hedge Funds comes in. It provides a graphically rich, comprehensive overview of the industry and its practitioners, zeroing in on how different types of hedge funds work.

  • Based on extensive interviews with hedge fund managers, analysts and other industry experts, the book provides a detailed look at the industry and how it works
  • Outlines investment strategies employed by both long and short hedge funds, as well as global macro strategies
  • Arms you with need-to-know tips, tools and techniques for success with all hedge fund investment strategies
  • Provides a highly visual presentation with an emphasis on graphics and professional applications
  • Real-life examples take you inside how hedge funds illustrating how they operate, who manages them and who invests in them
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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1: Hedge Fund Daily Operations 1

Chapter 2: The Hedge Fund Life Cycle: From Startup to Titan 11

Chapter 3: Hedge Fund Investors 23

Chapter 4: Hedge Fund Capital Raising 31

Chapter 5: Long/Short Equity Strategy 41

Chapter 6: Global Macro Strategy 55

Chapter 7: Event-Driven Strategy 71

Chapter 8: Fixed-Income Strategy 77

Chapter 9: Convertible-Arbitrage Strategy 107

Chapter 10: Quantitative and Algorithmic Trading Strategies 115

Chapter 11: Managed Futures 133

Chapter 12: Credit-and Asset-Based Lending 155

Chapter 13: Multi-Strategy Hedge Funds 171

Chapter 14: Fund of Hedge Funds 179

Appendix A: Bloomberg Functionality Cheat Sheet 199

Appendix B: Answers to Test-Yourself Quizzes 201

References 205

About the Author 207

Index 209

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Author Information

Richard C. Wilson is founder of the Hedge Fund Group, the #1 largest hedge fund association with over 115,000 global members. With a background in capital raising he has built a following through his advisory work, equity partnerships, Wilson Holding Company operating businesses, and by providing consultative quality thought leadership, articles, videos, and over 100 speeches in 15+ countries around the world. Through Richard's 5,000 professionals-deep client base, and global capital raising workshops and family office conferences, he has met face-to-face with well over 2,500 fund managers, and at least as many hedge fund investors over the past 10 years. His team offers the #1 self-directed training and certification program on hedge funds which over 1,400 professionals have joined to date and it is called the Certified Hedge Fund Professional certificate program. He is the author of The Hedge Fund Book: A Training Manual for Professionals and Capital Raising Executives, The Family Office Book: Investing Capital for the Ultra-Affluent, and The Single Family Office: Creating, Operating, and Managing the Investments of a Single Family Office.

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