Top Hedge Fund Investors: Stories, Strategies, and Advice

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"Cathleen and Larry have written this must-read book on hedge funds. They capture the spirit, energy, and knowledge of the best and brightest of the industry."---Anthony Scaramucci, Managing Partner, SkyBridge Capital, LLC" "An excellent overview and history lesson on the evolution of the global hedge fund industry with sound advice from successful investors. The foresight and persistence of these prominent hedge fund investors provides a practical education from invaluable experience. They brilliantly articulate their successes and shortfalls

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Overview

"Cathleen and Larry have written this must-read book on hedge funds. They capture the spirit, energy, and knowledge of the best and brightest of the industry."---Anthony Scaramucci, Managing Partner, SkyBridge Capital, LLC" "An excellent overview and history lesson on the evolution of the global hedge fund industry with sound advice from successful investors. The foresight and persistence of these prominent hedge fund investors provides a practical education from invaluable experience. They brilliantly articulate their successes and shortfalls with great insights for any hedge fund investor."---Glen C. Dailey, Managing Director, Head of Prime Broketage, Jefferies & Company, Inc." "This volume will be required reading for any fiduciary or investor serious about understanding hedge funds and their strategies. In distilling the investment philosophies of major thought leaders, the authors have constructed what will quickly be recognized as a durable intellectual anchor for investors."---Orin Kramer, Chair, New Jersey State Investment Council, and Partner, Boston Provident, LP" "Rittereiser and Kochard have distilled the essence of what drives some of the alternative investment industry's most influential leaders. They have coaxed these luminaries into revealing not only their investing strategies and outlooks, but also the personality traits and life experiences that make them tick. The result is a must-read for anyone looking for an edge in, or considering a career in, the alternative investment sector."---Christopher Holt, Director, Industry Relations, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, and founding editor, AllAboutAlpha.com" "A fascinating look into the world of professional allocators. I recommend any hedge fund manager read this book to get inside the head of the folks who control where the money goes. Plus, anyone that is considering putting their money with a hedge fund will learn valuable lessons from these leaders. Not only is this book insightful-it is also thoroughly entertaining."---Emma Sugarman, Head of Capital Introduction, BNP Paribas" "Throughout the recent financial crisis, many hedge funds suffered massive losses and were often blamed for the extreme market upheavals. Performance soon rebounded and approached record-breaking heights. In the wake of these events, hedge funds remain a source of fascination for the media, legislators, and investors." "Historically portrayed as risky investments run by swashbuckling managers---and reserved only for the very wealthy---hedge funds are simply an investment vehicle designed to generate superior returns and reduce an investor's overall portfolio risk. Although many individual funds have under-performed or collapsed, hedge funds as a whole have proved resilient and achieved their objectives." "Investing in hedge funds requires sophisticated knowledge, understanding, skill, access, and experience. Individual and institutional investors, whether they are hedge fund novices or experts, can find these attributes in the stories of the successful hedge fund investors profiled in Top Hedge Fund Investors." "This accessible resource chronicles the challenges and rewards these investors face in selecting hedge fund managers, managing risk, and constructing portfolios. Through revealing conversations, leading hedge fund investors---with hundreds of billions of dollars in hedge funds---share their philosophies, strategies, and advice. Page by page, this timely guide:" Engaging and informative, Top Hedge Fund Investors will prove valuable to anyone involved in placing money with hedge funds, as well as hedge funds that seek to better understand their clients.

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What People Are Saying

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"In Top Hedge Fund Investors, Rittereiser and Kochard have put to rest any lingering doubts that hedge funds have become an essential component of successful investment programs. When a collection of extraordinarily talented individuals, like those profiled in this book, dedicate their lives to a common discipline, we can be sure that these strategies have reached a permanent level of prominence in the investment world. Top Hedge Fund Investors profiles men and women with passion, courage, intellect, tenacity, inquisitiveness and resiliency, who have helped establish a standard of excellence in hedge fund investing that all those who read this book will benefit from emulating. We are all richer for the authors' efforts to bring together this outstanding volume of Stories, Strategy and Advice from some of the best hedge fund investors in the business."
Mark W. Yusko, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Creek Capital Management

"Top Hedge Fund Investors offers a refreshing perspective and unique insight into the shrouded world of hedge funds. We get a glimpse beyond the numbers and gain an insider's view of this complex industry. As one who has been with this business for nearly thirty years, I can attest that this book rings true."
Lawrence P. Chiarello, Partner, SkyView Investment Advisors LLC

"Great subject, terrific insights from top allocators to hedge funds. Eldon, Meyer and Hodge show how to avoid making unforced errors when investing. They and the other Investors make this the best book I have seen on selecting money managers."
Douglas Sperry Makepeace, President, Sperry Fund Management LLC, New York City

"An insightful tour of the Hedge Fund World, with some of the most experienced guides that demystify a lot of the wrong ideas people have of this industry and its players."
Michel Amsellem, Member of the Advisory board Banque Heritage

"Given the importance that 'hedge funds' have gained in financial markets it behooves all investors, not just professionals, to understand the underlying principles used by prominent hedge fund investors. Top Hedge Fund Investors provides an interesting description of the investment philosophy of some of the leading practitioners of this relatively unknown segment of the financial markets, and how they have organized their firms."
Charles Falcon, Retired Corporate Finance Executive

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470501290
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: Wiley Finance Series , #543
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,283,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHLEEN M. RITTEREISER is the coauthor of Foundation and Endowment Investing (Wiley) and informs and educates institutional investors as a writer, speaker, and consultant. An alternative investments marketing executive with over twenty years' experience, Rittereiser has held positions with leading financial firms, including Symphony Asset Management and Merrill Lynch. She received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.

LAWRENCE E. KOCHARD, PhD, CFA, is Chief Investment Officer of the Georgetown University endowment and teaches at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. He is a leader in the foundation and endowment investing community and coauthor of Foundation and Endowment Investing (Wiley). Previously, Kochard was managing director of equity and hedge fund investments for the Virginia Retirement System, an adjunct finance professor at the University of Virginia, and a vice president with Goldman Sachs. He holds an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Virginia and is a CFA.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

PART ONE Evolution of the Hedge Fund Industry and Investing 1

Chapter 1 The Truth about Hedge Funds: From Misunderstood Investment Vehicle to Household Word 3

Chapter 2 The Investment Process: Best Practices of Successful Hedge Fund Investors 15

Chapter 3 The Hedge Fund Investment Landscape: A Snapshot in Time 25

PART TWO Top Hedge Fund Investors: Stories and Strategies 31

Chapter 4 Author of the Hedge Fund Investing Story: Richard Elden, Founder and Former Chairman, Grosvenor Capital Management 33

Chapter 5 The Predictive Value of Performance: Frank Meyer, Founder and Former Chairman, Glenwood Capital Investments 47

Chapter 6 The Best Qualities of Limestone: James R. Hodge, President and Chief Investment Officer, Permal Asset Management Inc 69

Chapter 7 An Asymmetrical Talent: Mark J.P. Anson, Managing Partner and Chair of the Investment Committee, Oak Hill Investment Management 83

Chapter 8 Early Endowment CIO and Entrepreneur: Louis W. Moelchert, Jr., Managing Partner, Private Advisors, LLC 103

Chapter 9 An Ambassador of the Highest Standard: Christopher Fawcett, Co-Founder, Senior Partner, Fauchier Partners 117

Chapter 10 A Risk Management Mastermind: Deepak Gurnanl, Head of Hedge Funds, Investcorp 137

Chapter 11 A Driver of Returns: Kathryn A. Hall, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer, Hall Capital Partners 155

Chapter 12 A Better Way: Ted Seldes, Co-Founder, Protege Partners 173

Chapter 13 The Quality of the People: A Review and Preview 199

Notes 211

Index 215

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