Hedge Fund Stars Raising Capital

Posted by Bull Bear Trader | 10/31/2008 12:41:00 PM | , | 0 comments »

It appears that stars of the hedge fund world, such as Cohen, Einhorn, and Signer are not having any problem raising money at a time when other funds are seeing mass redemption (see Bloomberg article). For established managers, there are a couple of intriguing reasons to raise money at this time. For one, equity prices are depressed, creating opportunity for managers with capital on hand. In addition, the recent sell-off has placed existing clients significantly under their high-water marks, meaning that it may be a while before managers can capture the normal 20% of future profits. New money, on the other hand, is starting fresh, allowing future profits to generate normal fees right away. Apparently, reputation and performance do still matter. Then again, in a down market, performance is all relative. As one person on CNBC was recently quoted as saying "small losses are the new gains." Only during a bear market, and only on Wall Street, would such a statement make any sense.