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A comprehensive guide to hedge funds for investors

Sophisticated investors consistently seek out ways to diversify portfolios and preserve wealth over the longer term. One vehicle you may have considered including in your portfolios, is a hedge fund.

What are hedge funds?

There are many different hedge fund strategies employed by managers, each with their own characteristics of risk, potential return, liquidity and complexity. Before considering this approach, here are a few pros and cons to consider.


Pros of investing in hedge funds

  • Diversification: Certain strategies can provide diversification within a portfolio, meaning that they may be designed to not move in lockstep with equity or bond markets.
  • Potentially higher returns: Some hedge funds may utilise leverage as part of their strategies, which has the potential of enhancing returns, or losses.
  • Access to skilled investment professionals: Investing in a hedge fund may provide access to experienced investment managers who use a variety of strategies to generate returns.


Cons of investing in hedge funds

  • Higher risk: Hedge funds have the potential to be high-risk investments due to the leverage sometimes used and often do not provide the same level of investor protection due to reduced regulatory oversight.
  • Limited liquidity: You will typically have limited liquidity, meaning investors may be unable to access their funds immediately.
  • Higher fees: Hedge funds generally have higher fees compared to traditional investments. This is because hedge fund managers use sophisticated strategies and techniques requiring significant resources and expertise.


Final thoughts

Whether you are considering a traditional approach, alternative investments or something else, we can help you make an informed decision. While hedge funds can be attractive to investors looking to diversify their portfolio and seek attractive risk-adjusted returns, they are not suitable for everyone. Potential investors should consider the limited liquidity, lack of transparency, and high fees sometimes associated with hedge funds before making any decisions. It is essential to weigh the potential risks against the potential returns and determine whether the approach aligns with your financial goals and risk tolerance.

Arbuthnot Latham offers personalised investment management designed to deliver on your goals while balancing risk.


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