The Hedge Fund Handbook: A Definitive Guide for Analyzing and Evaluating Alternative Investments (McGraw-Hill Library of Investment & Finance)

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This is the money manager's guide to hedge funds. What they are, how they operate, and why they belong in any well-diversified professional portfolio. The successes of hedge funds - sophisticated investments which claim to offer their investors above-average returns and greater safety than many other types of managed investments - have become legendary, but so have their losses. Eye-popping gains by George Soros and Julian Robertson have competed in the headlines of the financial press with catastrophic losses by famed fund managers Victor Niederhoffer and John Merriwether. But are qualified investors missing out on the development of one of today's most important financial innovations because of poor information and a misunderstanding of these vehicles?"The Hedge Fund Handbook" sheds much-needed light on the dynamcis of hedge fund behavior, providing new tools and frameworks for understanding what hedge funds are and how they operate. Filled with techniques and strategies used by a successful hedge fund manager to evaluate his colleagues, this timely book gives potential hedge fund investors an insider's perspective as they learn to: master the hedge fund basics - everything from what happens when you buy to when and how to sell; accurately evaluate a hedge fund manager's perfomance and style; use accessible math to calculate a hedge fund's chances for success; find funds and managers that can generate exceptional returns for proportionally lower risk.Some hedge funds can offer investors great opportunities. However, these vehicles, if not understood or anlayzed in an effective manner, can harm the wealth of unprepared investors. Let the insights of a successful hedge fund manager improve your ability to identify and select those hedge funds that can truly provide superior, consistent risk-adjusted returns.

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The 1990's have seen phenomenal growth in hedge funds, also known as alternative investments. In 1990 there were only 70 hedge funds; today there are some 50,000, with $15 trillion under management. Along the way, there have been some spectacular collapses that have grabbed headlines nationwide: the well-publicized losses of Victor Niederhoffer, the $2 billion loss absorbed by George Soros, and the bailout of Long Term Capital Management. To invest in these important but complex and risky investment vehicles, professional money managers need new tools and frameworks to understand and evaluate exactly what and to whom they are entrusting their money. With am emphasis on risk--what it is, how to measure it, how to manage it--The Hedge Fund Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the universe of hedge fund investing. The author guides the reader from a description of what hedge funds are and how they work to a complete list of key elements to look for in a hedge fund. The author also discusses, through the extensive use of charts and graphs, the quantitative pitfalls in valuing these alternative investments. Finally, the book shows how value is added to a portfolio through hedge funds and how to integrate hedge funds into an overall investment portfolio. This book provides a method for a detailed analysis of hedge funds while demonstrating the inadequacies of traditional methods of analysis.

About the Author:

Stefano Lavino (Norwalk, CT) is founder and managing director of the hedge fund firm LARA Capital, where his Flagship Fund returned 227% in three years. Lavino is a popular speaker in seminars and conferences worldwide.

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