The Brand of Hedge Funds
|Apr 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Hedge Fund Regulation, Today's Post | By: vshah||
With almost US$2 trillion in assets under management, the hedge fund industry is a significant component of the global financial market. To put their size in context however, it is important to realize that the size of the world equity markets are around US$30 trillion, a factor of more than 10 times larger.
During and immediately after the 2008 financial crisis, hedge funds became a convenient media and political scapegoat- not just the crisis itself, but for any volatility in practically any market- blamed for spikes in food prices, oil prices and more. From being the darlings of the financial world, the brand of the hedge fund market faced a significant (and largely unjustified) threat.
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Vikas Shah is Founder of the consultancy Thought Strategy and CEO of Swiscot Group (a diversified trading firm). Vikas writes and publishes Thought Economics, a leading journal where he interviews some of the most influential individuals in the world. He is a respected commentator and analyst on global issues, finance and economics and a non-executive to a number of philanthropic organisations worldwide. You can follow him on twitter @MrVikas.