Hedge Fund Terms Explained In English - Investment Cache (2022)

An investment into any hedge funds require an understanding not just on its strategy and associated risks. Aside from that, an investor should also familiarize themselves with basic terms often found on a hedge fund’s Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) or fact sheet. These are terms stating the fees, expenses and any special terms with regards to an investment in the fund. While the PPM do explain what these terms meant, they are written by lawyers. Well, suffice to say, it is in English but yet not quite your English or my English.

In this post, I want to run through these terms. But do take note that there are many different variations within the hedge fund industry today. Nevertheless, by and large, they don’t deviate much from these.

Clearing Up The Air Before Proceeding

To avoid confusion later on, we need to be clear that the Hedge Fund and its Investment Manager are separate entities. The Hedge Fund is nothing but a vehicle to hold assets on behalf of its investors similar to a mutual fund. As an illustration, Franklin Templeton is an Investment Manager and it has multiple funds under its management. These funds, in turn, pay Franklin Templeton fees for its services. For the rest of the article, you may see me mentioning “Hedge Fund pays this and that”. If you are confused by who is paying who and what you are paying, all you need to remember is YOU PAY WHAT THE HEDGE FUND PAYS. Because anything that is deducted from the Hedge Fund is taken from the money you put in.

If you are interested in knowing more about hedge funds in general, you can look up one of my earlier post about hedge funds.

1. Fund Expenses

For those who think operating a hedge fund should not be any more costlier than trading his or her personal account at home, it is time to wake up. I shared this in my prior post on Hedge Fund Startup Expenses. Fund expenses cover items such as commissions, regulatory fees, withholding taxes, interests on borrowed funds, stock loan fees for shorting, fund administration fees, fund audit fees and legal fees etc. In fact, management and performance fees are also fund expenses from an accounting perspective. But they are separately calculated after netting off all other expenses for the fund which you will see later. Hence, when I refer to “expense” in this article, it includes everything a Hedge Fund pays other than management and performance fee.

2. High Water Mark (HWM)

A High Water Mark (HWM) is the highest NAV Per Share (NPS) a fund achieved when sampled at predefined periods. And many hedge funds do that on a calendar yearly basis. So it does not matter how high a Hedge Fund’s NPS reach intra-year, as the only time of interest for the HWM is, in this case, at the end of each year.

As an example, I attached a table showing a Fund’s NPS over 2 years. Let’s assume the NPS starts at 1 which also implies a starting HWM of 1. Thereafter, at the end of Year 1, the NPS of 1.07 is above the prior HWM of 1.0. So the new HWM is set to 1.07. And you might also noticed that while the NPS hits a high of 1.14 in July, that does not matter. Finally at the end of Year 2, as the Fund’s NPS of 0.98 did not exceed the prior HWM, the HWM remains at 1.07.

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Year 1 HWM : 1.07 Year 2 HWM : 1.07

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HWM is a very important metric for both the Investment Manager and Investors because it is used to determine the performance fee. Both follow a common frequency where the HWM is reset at the end of each performance period. So if the performance fee is calculated and paid at the end of each year, your HWM will be reset at the end of each year. But should the performance fee follows a quarterly schedule instead, the HWM will be reset on a quarterly basis.

We will see HWM in the calculation of the performance fee later.

3. Hurdle Rate

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Not all hedge funds have hurdle rates. Hurdle rate, when applicable, means the Investment Manager is only entitled to a performance fee on profits they made for the fund over and above the hurdle. Anything below the hurdle are not eligible for performance fee. As a quick example, lets say an investor puts $10,000,000 into a Fund that has a hurdle rate of 5% and charges 20% performance fee. At the end of the year, the fund makes 20% or $2,000,000 before performance fee for the investor. Without the hurdle, the Investment Manager will get a 20% cut of the $2,000,000 profit which works out to be $400,000. However, with a 5% hurdle, the Investment Manager cannot charge the 20% fee on the first 5% or $500,000 of the profits. Instead, the 20% performance fee is applied only on the next $1,500,000 profit to give $300,000.

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4. Management Fee (MF)

A hedge fund pays a management fee to its Investment Manager for managing its underlying investments. This fee goes to cover expenses incurred by the Investment Manager. It includes many things such as rental, utilities, infrastructure, and manpower etc. Historically, majority of the Investment Managers charge a 2% management fee. However, it can range anywhere from a ultra low 0% to an outrageously high 5%. Renaissance Medallion Fund, long closed to outside investors, charged a 5% management fee. That said, with their eye popping performance, they have no lack of investors who will rush to put their money in despite the exorbitant charge. But for the industry in general, hedge fund fees have trended lower as it came under pressure from mediocre performance after the 2008 financial crisis.

So how do we calculate management fee? It is based on the fund’s Gross Asset Value (GAV) at the end of each month. GAV is the value of the fund net of expenses incurred during the month. Let’s look at a case of 2% management fee applied in January.

Example

End Of January
Mathematical Operation
Value
Gross Asset Value (GAV)$10,500,000
Management Fee (MF)2% x 31/365 x GAV$17,836

There are a few things to note here. First, we use the GAV as at the end of the month, not the start or some time weighted average. Second, GAV as mentioned earlier, is net of expenses (other than management and performance fee). Finally, we use the actual number of days in the month over the number of actual days in the year as a proportion to to compute the management fee for that specific month. Exact terms can vary among funds, so always refer back to the PPM.

5. Performance Fee

This is one of the more distinct features that differentiates hedge funds from mutual funds. Aside from management fee, a hedge fund also pays its Investment Manager a performance fee if targets are met. That can differ from fund to fund, but in most cases, it just means making a profit over the high water mark for the investor. When that happens, the Investment Manager receives a share on the profits made, typically 20%, although that is also on the decline. This fee is adjusted every month but cast in concrete and deducted only at the end of the applicable period. It is termed the performance period and is usually a calendar year. But it can be longer or shorter depending on the fund’s strategy.

Example

End Of January
Mathematical Operation
Value
High Water Mark (HWM) x #SharesHWM x #Shares$10,000,000
Gross Asset Value (GAV)$10,500,000
Management Fee (MF)2% x 31/365 x GAV$17,836
GAV Less MFGAV – MF$10,482,164
Performance Fee (PF)20%x MAX [0, GAV Less MF – (HWM x #Shares)]$96,433

In this example, the Fund has starts the year with a HWM value (HWM x #Shares) of $10,000,000. It makes $500,000 net of expenses for the first month in January giving us a GAV of $10,500,000. After deducting the applicable management fee of $17,836, the fund is left with $10,482,164 which is $482,164 above the HWM value. This translates to a performance fee of $96,433 at the end of January. This amount is held back but not actually deducted. It is subject to further adjustments till the end of the performance period (end of the year). To see how this works, let’s say the Fund subsequently loses $400,000 including expenses in February.

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End Of February
Mathematical Operation
Value
High Water Mark (HWM)HWM x #Shares$10,000,000
Gross Asset Value (GAV)Subtract $400,000 from November’s GAV Less MF$10,082,164
Management Fee (MF)2% x 28/365 x GAV$15,469
GAV Less MFGAV – MF$10,066,696
Performance Fee (PF)20%x MAX [0, GAV Less MF – (HWM x # Shares)]$13,339

So at the end of February, the Performance Fee attributable to the Investment Manager reduces to $13,339 and the fund releases back $83,094 of the performance fee accrued. This process continues till end of the year where any applicable performance fee is crystallized and paid to the Investment Manager. For example, if this is the month of December instead, the $13,339 will be locked in and paid to the Investment Manager. A new HWM is then locked in with the performance fee back to zero and the game begins again for the new year.

6. Liquidity

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You probably seen or heard about the term “liquidity”. Investment professionals and the media like to carry it on their mouth wherever they go. But not to worry, it is not something awfully complex. In short, it means how easy one can get in and out of an investment. And in our context, that explicitly refers to the subscription and redemption terms of a hedge fund, or more specifically, an open-end hedge fund. Majority of the hedge funds are open-end funds that issue shares to buyers and redeem shares from sellers. So as far as an investor is concerned, the hedge fund is their only counterparty. In contrast, a closed end hedge fund is listed and traded on an exchange just like a stock.

Subscription

Subscription is about how frequent you can invest in the fund, that is, if the fund is not already closed to further subscriptions. Typically, subscription tends to be more “friendly” than redemption if we discount the Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) checks for onboarding new clients . You can usually subscribe at least as frequently as you can redeem, if not more. The more common terms I seen are monthly or quarterly subscription frequencies. And unlike mutual funds, you cannot just subscribe today and expect the transaction to be done the following day. You have to submit an subscription application form and wire the money over before a subscription deadline for the transaction to be completed at the start of the following month or quarter.

Redemption

Buying things is always easy. All you need to do is pay up and you can walk away with the product. Now, try asking for a refund and see if it is that straightforward. The best you can get, and rarely so, is at most as easy you bought the item. But these added difficulties may not be without rationale.

Investment Managers prefer “sticky” money and for good reasons. As the name implies, these are money that sticks around. This is ideal as managers can then concentrate on managing the investments rather than spend time dealing with redemptions from investors who flee from the first sight of “blood”.

Redemption frequencies in hedge funds are usually lower than subscription and tied with more onerous conditions. On top of that, ample advance notice have to be given through a redemption notice, and failing that, you may have to wait for the next window. Redemption terms are typically justified through the underlying strategies. For example, an equity long short with long term view horizon will have a lower redemption frequency or even lock ups (we will see later) than a fund trading liquid futures.

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Lock Ups

Hedge funds pursuing less liquid or long term strategies often impose a lock up period. This can be a hard or soft lock up. In a hard lock up, investors cannot redeem during the lock up period. And for a soft lock up, investors can redeem but either in limited amounts and / or with a penalty. A lock up period of 1 year is fairly common among equity long short funds. On the higher end, lock ups can go as far as 5 years or more for funds that deal in private equity.

Gate

This is a special provision that a hedge fund, which has it in its PPM, can exercise should the need arise. Its intent is to act as a brake when redemption exceeds a certain level at any point in time. For large hedge funds in particular, this provide for orderly exits with minimal impact to the market in the event of massive redemptions.

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E.G. is a former portfolio manager in a global systematic multi-strategy hedge fund. He has been in the fund and finance industry since 2006 and is the owner of the blog Investment Cache.

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FAQs

What are hedge funds in simple terms? ›

Put simply, a hedge fund is a pool of money that takes both short and long positions, buys and sells equities, initiates arbitrage, and trades bonds, currencies, convertible securities, commodities and derivative products to generate returns at reduced risk.

What is hedge funds in investment banking? ›

A hedge fund is a limited partnership of private investors whose money is managed by professional fund managers who use a wide range of strategies, including leveraging or trading of non-traditional assets, to earn above-average investment returns.

What is 2 and 20 rule in hedge fund? ›

"Two" means 2% of assets under management (AUM), and refers to the annual management fee charged by the hedge fund for managing assets. "Twenty" refers to the standard performance or incentive fee of 20% of profits made by the fund above a certain predefined benchmark.

What is GAV and NAV in hedge funds? ›

GAV is the sum of the market value of all assets within a fund whereas calculating NAV accounts for the debt associated with the fund. One of the most common valuation methods used to determine GAV and NAV is based on the discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis.

How do hedge funds work for dummies? ›

A hedge fund is a type of actively managed fund that focuses on high risk high return investments. Hedge funds invest very aggressively using leverage and shorting to try and increase their returns.

What exactly do hedge funds do? ›

Hedge funds are financial partnerships that use pooled funds and employ different strategies to earn active returns for their investors. These funds may be managed aggressively or make use of derivatives and leverage to generate higher returns.

Why is it called a hedge fund? ›

What is a Hedge Fund? The name “hedge fund” originated from the hedging techniques used by the first of these funds, where the manager held cash assets expected to appreciate in price while also shorting assets expected to depreciate in price.

How is a hedge fund structured? ›

Hedge funds are investment vehicles available to investors meeting certain net worth criteria. A typical hedge fund structure includes one entity formed as a partnership for U.S. tax purposes that acts as the Investment Manager (IM). Another entity functions as the General Partner (GP) of the Master Fund.

What is the difference between investment bank and hedge fund? ›

The business model of an investment bank is to provide financial services to clients and profit from the fees it charges. A hedge fund offers the product that high-net-worth investors purchase. An investment bank offers the services for how they can invest.

What is a 20% carry? ›

With a 20% carried interest provision, general partners earn 20 cents for every dollar of return to limited partners in the fund.

What is a 20% carry fee? ›

The twenty, or 20%, of the fee structure applies to the profit sharing. This is better known as “carry” in the industry. Once the general partners distribute capital back to all the investors, they get 100% of their money back.

What is the typical hedge fund fee structure? ›

The 20% performance fee is the biggest source of income for hedge funds. The performance fee is only charged when the fund's profits exceed a prior agreed-upon level. A common threshold level used is 8%. That means that the hedge fund only charges the 20% performance fee if profits for the year surpass the 8% level.

Is AUM same as NAV? ›

NAV shows what price shares in a fund can be bought and sold at. AUM by contrast refers to the value of assets managed by an individual or firm, not a fund. Unlike NAV, AUM is in reference to the total value of assets being managed rather than expressed on a per-share basis.

What is NAV in hedge fund? ›

Net asset value (NAV) is the value of an entity's assets minus the value of its liabilities, often in relation to open-end or mutual funds, since shares of such funds registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are redeemed at their net asset value.

WHO calculates NAV? ›

Net asset value (NAV) represents a fund's per-share intrinsic value. It is similar in some ways to the book value of a company. NAV is calculated by dividing the total value of all the cash and securities in a fund's portfolio, minus any liabilities, by the number of outstanding shares.

What is hedge funds with example? ›

They can invest in a wide variety of securities and assets.

For example, a hedge fund could invest in derivatives, commodities, real estate—even art and antiques. It may also engage in short sales—profiting when an asset loses value—to hedge its long investment positions.

How do hedge funds make money? ›

Hedge funds make money as part of a fee structure paid by fund investors based on assets under management (AUM). Funds typically receive a flat fee plus a percentage of positive returns that exceed some benchmark or hurdle rate.

What is difference between mutual funds and hedge fund? ›

Mutual funds are regulated investment products offered to the public and available for daily trading. Hedge funds are private investments that are only available to accredited investors. Hedge funds are known for using higher risk investing strategies with the goal of achieving higher returns for their investors.

How long do hedge funds hold positions? ›

Hedge fund lock-ups are typically 30-90 days, giving the hedge fund manager time to exit investments without driving prices against their overall portfolio.

What is the biggest hedge fund in the world? ›

1. BlackRock Advisors. BlackRock (BLK) is a New York-based investment manager that manages trillions in assets. The largest BlackRock entity, BlackRock Fund Advisors, has been in operation since 1984 and oversees $1.9 trillion in assets.

Who owns hedge funds? ›

Hedge fund management firms are often owned by their portfolio managers, who are therefore entitled to any profits that the business makes. As management fees are intended to cover the firm's operating costs, performance fees (and any excess management fees) are generally distributed to the firm's owners as profits.

Can anyone start a hedge fund? ›

Yes, you could start with much less capital, or go through a hedge fund incubator, or use a “friends and family” approach, or target only high-net-worth individuals. But if you start with, say, $5 million, you will not have enough to pay yourself anything, hire others, or even cover administrative costs.

What is the difference between private equity and hedge fund? ›

Hedge funds are alternative investments that use pooled money and a variety of tactics to earn returns for their investors. Private equity funds invest directly in companies, by either purchasing private firms or buying a controlling interest in publicly traded companies.

What kind of asset is a hedge fund? ›

Hedge funds hold a wide variety of asset types which can include derivatives, currencies, and real estate, in addition to equities and fixed income instruments. Investors in hedge funds can face limitations on redemptions of shares, which differs from the daily redemption requirements of mutual funds.

How much does a partner at a hedge fund make? ›

As of Oct 21, 2022, the average annual pay for a Hedge Fund Partner in the United States is $142,461 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $68.49 an hour.

WHY A hedge fund is an LLC? ›

Most commonly, domestic hedge funds are structured as a limited partnership with an LLC as the general partner. In this structure the hedge fund managers are provided limited personal liability in their position as member-managers of the general partner LLC.

What is a hedge fund explain like im 5? ›

Hedge funds are alternative investment funds. They pool money from professional investors and invest it with the intent of making a profit, also known as realizing a return on their investment.

Is BlackRock a hedge fund? ›

BlackRock manages US$38bn across a broad range of hedge fund strategies. With over 20 years of proven experience, the depth and breadth of our platform has evolved into a comprehensive toolkit of 30+ strategies.

What are the big 4 investment banks? ›

Largest full-service investment banks
  • JPMorgan Chase.
  • Goldman Sachs.
  • BofA Securities.
  • Morgan Stanley.
  • Citigroup.
  • UBS.
  • Credit Suisse.
  • Deutsche Bank.

Who makes more money hedge fund or private equity? ›

Hedge fund compensation is more variable than private equity salaries + bonuses, but at the junior levels, you'll most likely earn a bit more in private equity. At the top levels, a star hedge fund PM who has a great year could easily earn more than an MD in private equity – depending on the fund size and structure.

What is PE carry? ›

The private equity carry (or simply "carry") is performance compensation that the partners of a private equity fund receive if they exceed a specific threshold return. This compensation is meant to align the private equiteers with their capital providers, as the majority of their compensation comes from the carry.

What is carry interest loophole? ›

What Is the Carried Interest Loophole? In the most general terms, the carried interest loophole allows money managers to treat what is functionally their income as capital gains—garnering all the preferential tax treatment that attaches thereto. It is a practice best illustrated by example.

What is a waterfall calculation? ›

Waterfall calculations are used to allocate cash flow among two or more partners based on their agreed-upon return parameters. In this course, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, brings his prior commercial real estate experience to the forefront by walking you through assembling a waterfall calculation from scratch.

What percentage do hedge fund managers take? ›

Hedge fund makes money by charging a Management Fee and a Performance Fee. While these fees differ by fund, they typically run 2% and 20% of assets under management. Management Fees: This fee is calculated as a percentage of assets under management.

What is hurdle rate in hedge fund? ›

A hurdle rate is the minimum amount of profit or returns a hedge fund must earn before it can charge an incentive fee.

How much commission do hedge fund managers make? ›

A typical hedge fund compensation is what's known as a 2/20 fee structure. Under this scenario, the hedge fund manager earns 2% of the assets in the portfolio as a management fee, plus 20% of the fund's profits as a performance fee.

What is the minimum investment in a hedge fund? ›

Hedge Fund Fees and Minimums

Minimum initial investment amounts for hedge funds range from $100,000 to upwards of $2 million. Hedge funds are not as liquid as stocks or bonds either and may only allow you to withdraw your money after you've been invested for a certain amount of time or during set times of the year.

What is a typical hedge fund return? ›

According to BarclayHedge, the average hedge fund generated net annualized returns of 7.2% with a Sharpe ratio of 0.86 and market correlation of 0.9 over the last five years through 2021.

How do hedge funds calculate returns? ›

Take the ending balance of your hedge fund account before it imposes its fees and divide it by the balance that you had at the beginning of the period. Subtract 1 and then multiply by 100, and the result gives you your percentage gross return from your hedge fund investment.

What is difference between AUA and AUM? ›

Assets under administration are beneficially owned and managed by clients who contract with a third-party administration provider. AUA differs from assets under management (AUM) in that the service provider does not have discretion over asset allocation decisions.

What's the difference between AUA and AUM? ›

One AUM is the amount of forage required by an animal unit (AU) for one month, or the tenure of one AU for a one-month period. If one AU grazes on an area of rangeland for six months, that tenure is equal to six AUs for one month or six AUMs.

What is the difference between AUM and fum? ›

Most definitions seem to say that FUM is total funds and AUM can be more tangible assets. Some say they are completely interchangeable.

Is a higher or lower NAV better? ›

If you are investing in mutual funds, you generally tend to aim high and shoot low. This is the reason mutual funds with a high net asset value (NAV), have gained a bad reputation on the street. A fund with a high NAV is considered expensive and wrongly perceived to provide a low return on your investments.

Is equity and NAV same? ›

NAV (Net Asset Value) refers to the total equity of a business. While NAV can be applied to any entity, it is mostly used to reference investment funds, such as mutual funds and ETFs.

Is book value same as NAV? ›

Book value per common share, also known as book value per equity of share or BVPS, is used to evaluate the stock price of an individual company, whereas net asset value, or NAV, is used as a measure for evaluating all of the equity holdings in a mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF).

What is net assets formula? ›

Net assets are the value of a company's assets minus its liabilities. It is calculated ((Total Fixed Assets + Total Current Assets) – (Total Current Liabilities + Total Long Term Liabilities)).

How does NAV increase? ›

When the value of the securities in the fund goes up, the net asset value goes up. Conversely, when the value of the securities in the fund goes down, the NAV goes down: If the value of securities in the fund increases, then the NAV of the fund increases.

Why does NAV differ from share price? ›

What Is the Main Difference Between Market Price and NAV? The ETF market price is the price the ETF can be bought or sold on exchanges during trading hours. The NAV is the closing price and value of each ETF holding based on the share's portion of the fund's assets at the end of the trading day.

How does a hedge fund make money? ›

Hedge funds make money as part of a fee structure paid by fund investors based on assets under management (AUM). Funds typically receive a flat fee plus a percentage of positive returns that exceed some benchmark or hurdle rate.

Why do they call them hedge funds? ›

Etymology. The word "hedge", meaning a line of bushes around the perimeter of a field, has long been used as a metaphor for placing limits on risk. Early hedge funds sought to hedge specific investments against general market fluctuations by shorting the market, hence the name.

Why hedging is not allowed in US? ›

The primary reason given by CFTC for the ban on hedging was due to the double costs of trading and the inconsequential trading outcome, which always gives the edge to the broker than the trader. However, as far as Forex trading is concerned, a trader should have the freedom to trade the market the way he sees fit.

What is the difference between hedge funds and mutual funds? ›

Mutual funds are regulated investment products offered to the public and available for daily trading. Hedge funds are private investments that are only available to accredited investors. Hedge funds are known for using higher risk investing strategies with the goal of achieving higher returns for their investors.

What percentage do hedge funds take? ›

Hedge fund makes money by charging a Management Fee and a Performance Fee. While these fees differ by fund, they typically run 2% and 20% of assets under management.

What is the biggest hedge fund in the world? ›

1. BlackRock Advisors. BlackRock (BLK) is a New York-based investment manager that manages trillions in assets. The largest BlackRock entity, BlackRock Fund Advisors, has been in operation since 1984 and oversees $1.9 trillion in assets.

Can anyone start a hedge fund? ›

Yes, you could start with much less capital, or go through a hedge fund incubator, or use a “friends and family” approach, or target only high-net-worth individuals. But if you start with, say, $5 million, you will not have enough to pay yourself anything, hire others, or even cover administrative costs.

How long do hedge funds hold positions? ›

Hedge fund lock-ups are typically 30-90 days, giving the hedge fund manager time to exit investments without driving prices against their overall portfolio.

Is BlackRock a hedge fund? ›

BlackRock manages US$38bn across a broad range of hedge fund strategies. With over 20 years of proven experience, the depth and breadth of our platform has evolved into a comprehensive toolkit of 30+ strategies.

How is a hedge fund structured? ›

Hedge funds are investment vehicles available to investors meeting certain net worth criteria. A typical hedge fund structure includes one entity formed as a partnership for U.S. tax purposes that acts as the Investment Manager (IM). Another entity functions as the General Partner (GP) of the Master Fund.

What is an example of hedging? ›

For example, if you buy homeowner's insurance, you are hedging yourself against fires, break-ins, or other unforeseen disasters. Portfolio managers, individual investors, and corporations use hedging techniques to reduce their exposure to various risks.

What is scalping and hedging? ›

Scalping Forex Explained

Now scalping, on the other hand, is a form of trading. Roughly, it entails investing large sums in very short-lived positions and profiting by a few pips each time (beyond the spread).

What are hedging strategies? ›

Hedging strategies are designed to reduce the impact of short-term corrections in asset prices. For example, if you wanted to hedge a long stock position, you could buy a put option or establish a collar on that stock. One challenge is that such strategies work for single stock positions.

Is an ETF a hedge fund? ›

Differences between Hedge funds and ETF

Hedge funds refer to private portfolio investments that use risk investment and management strategies to generate returns. On the other hand, ETFs refer to a type of security that tracks an index, bond, commodity or a basket of assets.

Is Berkshire Hathaway a hedge fund? ›

Technically speaking Berkshire Hathaway is not a hedge fund, it is a holding company. Although Berkshire operates similarly to a hedge fund in terms of investing in stocks and other securities, it does not take performance fees based on the positive returns generated every year.

What is the difference between a hedge fund and private equity? ›

Hedge funds are alternative investments that use pooled money and a variety of tactics to earn returns for their investors. Private equity funds invest directly in companies, by either purchasing private firms or buying a controlling interest in publicly traded companies.

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