- Ch. 5-6 assessment on Thursday, October 20th
- Make sure to be reading news sources and collecting real-life examples of market failures
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Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance
The newer hedge funds were, in fact, little more than trading funds with high fees: typically 2 per cent of assets as annual management fee plus 20 per cent of profit. Some sought-after funds charged more. Taken as a whole, although some particular hedge funds have been very successful, the hedge fund industry has been very profitable for hedge fund managers, but not for their investors. (Kindle Locations 1875-1878)Many of these funds have a million dollar minimum to invest with them. With 100-200 clients, that totals 100-200 million dollars in assets. A two percent annual management fee translates into two to four million dollars a year before taking the 20 percent of profits, which might be anywhere between 5-20%, depending on the firm. A five percent return on 100 million dollars is five million dollars in profit, which the manager then takes 20 percent of, or an extra one million dollars. Between the two percent and 20 percent fees, that could mean a manager is making three million dollars on a normal year without much effort.