Choosing the Right Hedge Fund

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A partner at BlueMountain Capital Management, Bill Reeves of Hawaii has spent nearly two decades as an executive in the finance industry. Bill Reeves of Hawaii served as the head of macro strategy and trading at JP Morgan and co-founded BlueCrest Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund that grew into the third-biggest hedge fund firm in Europe.

As investors look for the right hedge fund, they need to consider the minimum investment that each hedge fund needs. Most hedge funds are designed for high-net-worth individuals or institutions, so the minimum investment is usually quite high. If an investor cannot afford a minimum investment, they may be better suited for a different hedge fund. Further, investors must look at the overall goal of a hedge fund. Even if the fund is affordable, it may not share the same goals as the investors. Hedge funds’ primary goal is to make money; however, some have a more aggressive growth strategy that involves higher risk while others work to keep investors’ money safe through low-risk investments.

Once an investor finds a hedge fund that meshes with their goals and financial situation, they can start looking more into the fund’s management and performance. When evaluating a fund’s performance, investors should look at its recent returns and past return history. Investors should be cautious of funds with good returns in recent years and a history of sub-par returns. It is possible that a better strategy was adopted in recent years or, alternately, it may also be possible that a fund has just gotten lucky. Assessing the manager is often a simple way of determining a fund’s true path to success. Hedge fund managers should be qualified to handle their investors’ money and have a solid background in investments.

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Characteristics of Hedge Funds

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Cofounder of BlueCrest Capital Management, Ltd., Bill Reeves of Hawaii is an experienced financial leader. Having previously served as a trader for J.P. Morgan and Chase Company, Bill Reeves of Hawaii helped BlueCrest Capital Management become the third-biggest hedge fund firm in Europe with about $35 billion from institutional investors around the world.

In general, hedge funds share a few similarities with mutual funds. Hedge funds cannot engage in insider trading or commit fraud, but they are not regulated by any sort of federal or international organization. Hedge funds are not required to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), but many funds still choose to register with these entities to give their investors peace of mind. In part, it is this lack of official regulation that allows hedge funds to have higher returns. Hedge fund managers have a much wider array of investment techniques available to them than traditional money managers.

Another trait of hedge funds is that they are illiquid. This essentially means that investing in a hedge fund is a long-term decision. In many cases, investors cannot remove money from the fund for at least two years. While this may be unsettling to some investors, hedge funds are typically managed by individuals who are extremely knowledgeable about the field. Plus, most hedge fund managers get bonuses based on how the fund performs, so they are incentivized to make good investment choices.