So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund: Lessons For Managers And Allocators

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So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund: Lessons For Managers And Allocators by Ted Seides

So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund – Description

Helpful, Accessible Guidance for Budding Hedge Funds

So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund: Lessons For Managers And Allocators provides critical lessons and thoughtful insights to those trying to decipher the industry, as well as those seeking to invest in the next generation of high performers. This book foregoes the sensational, headline-grabbing stories about the few billionaire hedge fund managers to reach the top of the field. Instead, it focuses on the much more common travails of start-ups and small investment firms. The successes and failures of a talented group of competitive managers—all highly educated and well trained—show what it takes for managers and allocators to succeed. These accounts include lessons on funding, team development, strategy, performance, and allocation.

The hedge fund industry is concentrated in the largest funds, and the big funds are getting bigger. In time, some of these funds will not survive their founders and large sums will get reallocated to a broader selection of different managers. This practical guide outlines the allocation process for fledgling funds, and demonstrates how allocators can avoid pitfalls in their investments. So You Want to Start a Hedge Fund also shows how to:

  • Develop a sound strategy and raise the money you need
  • Gain a real-world perspective about how allocators think and act
  • Structure your team and investment process for success
  • Recognize the patterns of successful start-ups

The industry is approaching a significant crossroads. Aggregate growth is slowing and competition is shifting away from industry-wide growth, at the expense of traditional asset classes, to market share capture within the industry. So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund: Lessons For Managers And Allocators provides guidance for the little funds—the potential future leaders of the industry.

So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund – Review


“I strongly recommend this superb book for anyone who is interested in starting a hedge fund, investing in one, or is already in the business. One can learn an enormous amount from Ted’s experience analyzing hundreds of start-up funds and from the many case studies he shares in the book.” — William A. Ackman, CEO, Pershing Square Capital

“Part technical manual, part detailed chronicle of modern money management history, and part personal reflections from the investing world front lines, So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund: Lessons For Managers And Allocators is a must read for allocators, industry veterans, aspiring managers, and everyday investors. Ted Seides has crafted a definitive guide to one of the 21st century’s most dynamic and opaque industries.” — Scott Bessent, Former CIO, Soros Fund Management, and Founder and CIO, Key Square Group

“Launching a new hedge fund in this hyper-competitive era is a difficult journey riddled with many landmines. Unfortunately, many of these landmines are counterintuitive and cannot be easily avoided. As a seasoned allocator to emerging managers and hedge funds, Ted has seen it all—the good, the bad and the ugly. His book is a treasure trove of wisdom for managers and allocators with many digestible, real-life lessons and vignettes to aid not only in avoiding the landmines, but also in how to thrive. This is must reading for anyone looking to build a fund or allocate to newer ones.” — Jason H. Karp, Founder and CEO, Tourbillon Capital Partners

“Through an engaging set of lenses, this short book captures the key issues firms and allocators face in creating and managing their organizations and businesses. It’s about leadership, organizational design, marketing, and client relations. It’s about talent spotting and management. It’s about the essence of the industry. The case study format and clear takeaways make this book an easy read. Hedge fund managers who heed Ted’s advice will create better and longer lasting firms; allocators will become better investors.” — Andre F. Perold, Founder and CIO, HighVista Strategies, and George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking, Emeritus, Harvard Business School

“A must read. Ted does an outstanding job explaining in clear language how to stay ahead of the curve in today’s hyper-competitive golden age of hedge funds. I wish I had access to this book when I started allocating capital.” — Anthony Scaramucci, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Skybridge Capital, and host of Wall Street Week

So You Want To Start A Hedge Fund: Lessons For Managers And Allocators by Ted Seides

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