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The Investor's Guide to Hedge Funds

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Praise for The Investor's Guide to HEDGE FUNDS

"Eldon Mayer is a battle-tested pro. You should listen to what he and his partner, Sam Kirschner, have to say."
—Barton M. Biggs, Managing Partner, Traxis Partners

"This book achieves a sweeping history and analysis of all the major hedge fund strategies. The reader comes away with a deeper understanding of the forces that continue to fuel the extraordinary growth of the hedge fund industry and ...

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Overview

Praise for The Investor's Guide to HEDGE FUNDS

"Eldon Mayer is a battle-tested pro. You should listen to what he and his partner, Sam Kirschner, have to say."
—Barton M. Biggs, Managing Partner, Traxis Partners

"This book achieves a sweeping history and analysis of all the major hedge fund strategies. The reader comes away with a deeper understanding of the forces that continue to fuel the extraordinary growth of the hedge fund industry and even of what the future may hold. A worthy read."
—Michael Steinhardt

"I have known Eldon for over forty years. He is a wonderful investor and a good raconteur. You will enjoy this book."
—Julian H. Robertson Jr., Tiger Management LLC

"The hedge fund universe is a dark forest filled with delicious opportunities as well as poisonous pitfalls. Knowing how to look behind the pure performance numbers to differentiate longer-term winners from losers is essential. This book, written by experienced and savvy professionals, combines academic research with common sense and provides a useful and readable tool for both institutional and individual investors."
—Byron R. Wien, Chief Investment StrategistPequot Capital Management

"This is a thorough and comprehensive book that is a valuable tool for all those considering hedge fund investing. The authors do an excellent job of pulling back the curtain on hedge funds, enabling the reader to understand how they operate and the roles they can play in boosting investment performance."
—Martin Barnes, Editor, The Bank Credit Analyst

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471715993
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. SAM KIRSCHNER is a founder and Managing Director of Mayer & Hoffman Capital Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor that creates and manages portfolios of emerging/newer and specialty hedge funds for institutions and family offices. Dr. Kirschner comes to the alternative investment field via a long and distinguished career as a management consultant and corporate psychologist focusing on the real estate and financial services sectors. He is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and formerly at The Wharton School. He has extensive experience serving on the boards of both private and publicly held companies and not-for-profit institutions.

ELDON MAYER is a founder and the Senior Managing Member of Mayer & Hoffman Capital Advisors, LLC. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in economics and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Early in his Wall Street career, he developed the idea of an open-end mutual fund hedge fund, brought it to market, and served as its manager. In 1976, he founded Lynch & Mayer, Inc., whose investment performance ranked near the top of its peer group as its assets grew to $7 billion. In addition to serving as Lynch & Mayer's Chairman, CEO, and CIO, he managed institutional equity and hedge fund portfolios.

LEE KESSLER is a business writer and consultant specializing in finance. His clients include MasterCard International and Reuters Analytics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John Mauldin.

Acknowledgments.

CHAPTER 1. The Case for Hedge Funds.

CHAPTER 2. The Directional Strategies: Equity Long/Short.

Interview: Craig Colberg, Rivanna Partners, LP.

CHAPTER 3. The Directional Strategies: Managed Futures.

Interview: Michael P. Dever, Brandywine Diversified Futures Program.

CHAPTER 4. The Directional Strategies: Global Macro.

Interview: Peter Thiel, Clarium Capital Management.

CHAPTER 5. The Event-Driven Strategies: Merger Arbitrage, Special Situations.

Interview: Mickey Harley, Mellon HBV Alternative Strategies, LLC.

CHAPTER 6. The Event-Driven Strategies: Distressed Securities.

Interview: Rob Petty, Clearwater Capital Partners Opportunities Fund.

CHAPTER 7. The Relative Value Arbitrage Strategies: Equity Market Neutral.

Interview: John Schmitz, SciVest Capital Management.

CHAPTER 8. Convertible Arbitrage.

Interview: Peter deLisser, Sage Capital.

CHAPTER 9. Fixed Income Arbitrage.

Interview: Michael “Boris” Pasternak, Pinewood Credit Markets, LP.

CHAPTER 10. The Newer Strategies.

CHAPTER 11. The Search for Alpha.

CHAPTER 12. Funds of Hedge Funds.

Interview: Matthew Hoffman, Mayer & Hoffman Capital Advisors, LLC.

CHAPTER 13. Due Diligence Best Practices.

Interview: Terry Bilkey, BilkeyKatz Investment Consultants.

EPILOGUE What’s Ahead for Hedge Funds?

APPENDIX A: Directory of Interviewees.

APPENDIX B: Qualitative Due Diligence Scorecard.

APPENDIX C: Quantitative Due Diligence Scorecard.

APPENDIX D: Major Hedge Fund Databases and Indices.

APPENDIX E: Hedge Fund Industry Web Sites and Publications.

Notes.

Bibliography.

About the Authors.

Index.

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