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Savvy Investor Awards: Best Hedge Fund Paper 2015

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WINNER: Towers Watson

The Hedge Fund Landscape in 2015

This 44-page book offers useful insights for institutional investors who have direct hedge fund portfolios or are considering direct investment in hedge funds. It offers practical analysis and advice about how to structure investments as well as information about the investments themselves. The report addresses issues such as managing account structures, changes in the fee model, the expansion of more efficient alternatives to hedge fund exposures and the development of alternative UCITS (Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) funds.


The evolving hedge fund Industry: 2015 Hedge Fund and Investor Global Survey by Ernst & Young

EY's 9th Global Investor and Hedge Fund Survey examines the challenges faced by the Hedge Fund industry. In this 40-page report, the authors focus on selected key areas including: growing business scale in a lower margin environment; the impact of increased regulation and the application of technology and implementation of outsourcing in order to counter rising costs. 

Growing Up: A New Environment for Hedge Funds by KPMG

KPMG, AIMA and the MFA have collaborated to produce this 30-page report, based on a survey of over one hundred hedge funds. The report explores investment compliance, hedge fund product design and hedge fund marketing. It suggests that as fee and fund structures become increasingly customized, hedge funds will position themselves more and more as solution providers.

A New Era For Hedge Funds? by Lyxor

The authors of this paper, evaluating the drivers of hedge fund returns, conclude that traditional asset classes will be outperformed by hedge funds on account of the US equities’ loss of momentum and the normalization of US monetary policy. Hedge fund annual excess returns will be around 5-6% annually.

Hedge Fund Investing: Manager Selection and Due Diligence by Merrill Lynch

Hedge fund investments, which have in the past provided strong risk-adjusted returns uncorrelated to traditional investments, can potentially add significant value to an investor’s portfolio. This paper reviews the challenges and importance of hedge fund manager selection, elements of effective hedge fund businesses and investment due diligence processes, and the benefits of employing a professional intermediary to select a manager.

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