In Defense of Hedge Funds

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Nice pump up speech for hedge funds in today’s Hedge Week (we’re not going to make our ‘hedge’ quota by 5 without your help). Despite industry leaders “prophesying an end to the industry,” George Soros saying hedge funds are too over-exposed, Stevie Cohen (immune to self-inflicted irony) noting that the days of big returns are over, Warren Buffett taking hedge funds to task for their high fees in his annual letter to shareholders, and performances in general being down, Hedge Week’s Shoham Cohen still thinks everything will work out if we just think positively!
There are good managers (James Simons) and there are bad managers (Tom Hudson, the guys who do Goldman’s Alpha), Cohen perceptively notes, but given the hotness of HFs, the look-on-the-bright-side news is that every day a new manager emerges (today: Tim Sykes, tomorrow: Tom Sikkes). 1 pt: hedge fund sustainability.
Yes, there are a lot of strategies performing quite badly, of late. But that just means managers will have to work harder to diversify. This is not an obstacle for Cohen, this is an opportunity. And how about numbers, those are always good. First quarter of 2007: $60 billion from global investors. Since hedge funds were invented: $1.6 trillion managed. Big numbers—that’s got to mean something.
The person whose job is predicated on the survival of hedge funds also predicts that the future will allow “personal hedge funds pools to be created” and that there will be room for “tailored managed funds whereby fund managers will open private hedge funds.” Cohen wants you to know that this new era will be an exciting one, and if all you would-be managers out there will peel yourselves up off the bathroom floor, pump yourself full of some happy pills, “overcome the psychological barrier in setting up a fund, and come out with new strategies” and tell yourselves, “I will sell this house today!” we can begin our journey. Together, assembled brotherhood of Neo-HF’ers.
An Apocalyptic Turn for Hedge Funds? [Hedge World]

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