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Aon Hewitt Retirement and Investment Blog

Hedge Fund Fee Structures

This is a follow-up to the blog entry we recently published, authored by Brad Gilbert or the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, discussing their views on hedge fund fee structures. This post provides Aon Hewitt’s commentary on TRS’s post. 

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Hedge Fund Fee Philosophy of Teacher Retirement System of Texas

The blog entry discusses the views of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (“TRS”) on hedge fund fee structures. TRS believes there are flaws in the traditional hedge fund fee structure and suggests opportunities for improvement. 

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The blog entry discusses the views of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (“TRS”) on hedge fund fee structures. TRS believes there are flaws in the traditional hedge fund fee structure and suggests opportunities for improvement. 

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Hedge Fund Indices as Benchmarks

This post discusses hedge fund benchmarks. 

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The Big Picture for Hedge Fund Returns

Hedge funds have generally underperformed over the past five years; however, we believe there are reasons to believe that equities and bonds will not be able to duplicate their strong performance going forward. A longer term perspective indicates that hedge funds have the ability to generate attractive returns on both a risk adjusted basis and as compared to stocks and bonds.

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We live in eventful times – the case for event-driven investing

This blog highlights the current dispersion in the corporate sector, and the investment opportunities it is creating for event-driven managers. As such, the strategy can offer investors an attractive and relatively idiosyncratic source of return compared to more traditional equity and fixed income assets.

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Sources of Hedge Fund Alpha

Most investors think alpha or performance comes from a single source: Manager Skill. However, there is more than one way to achieve superior returns and investors would be wise to consider all of the alpha options to maximize returns and minimize volatility within a portfolio.

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130/30 Renaissance

We review the recent performance trends of “130/30” strategies, which involve a limited amount of shorting, but remain beta one (maintain equity exposure). While a surface look at recent performance in databases seems favorable, a deeper dive serves as a reminder that that there is no panacea in the search for alpha and that one is required to identify truly skilled managers in less efficient asset classes. 

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Investing in Private Equity Funds of Funds versus the Public Markets

This post addresses the question of whether it benefits institutional investors to invest in private equity fund of funds versus public markets. 

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Are Hedge Funds Still Worth It?

Hedge funds are a perennial hot topic and recently lower returns have caused many to question their effectiveness as an investment in portfolios. This entry looks at why average hedge fund returns have been lower since the crisis and addresses the question of whether they are still a viable investment. We set out our core strategic views, as well as our current medium term views regarding the asset class.

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