Can I Move from Fund of Funds to Hedge Fund?

By August 27, 2016Career Insights

The short answer is that it would be difficult to move from fund of funds to hedge fund.

Fund-of-hedge-funds are intermediaries that help investors pick out the good hedge fund performers from the bad. Relationship-building is the key to success at the senior level, and fund analytics at the junior level.

The skills needed at a hedge fund are fundamental research and modeling. Unfortunately, fund-of-funds don’t provide the opportunity to practice these skills.

There are two caveats to the “no” answer. If you come from a solid banking or consulting background and already have research and modeling experience, a fund-of-funds would offer great opportunities to build relationships with hedge funds. Also, if you find a fund-of-funds that also do direct investments to complement their hedge fund investments, that would provide you the research and modeling skills as well.

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