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11 Most Popular Hedge Fund Strategies

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It’s important to join a hedge fund with an investment strategy that fit you in order to have longevity in this career. Today we’ll go over the most popular hedge fund strategies. Let’s start with an overview of the hedge fund industry.

Hedge funds are private investment vehicles aimed to generate positive absolute returns for institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals.

Hedge funds are usually structured as partnerships. Portfolio managers are typically general partners of the fund with investment decision-making responsibilities. They hire research analysts to cover existing and potential investments, who are typically aligned by asset class (for example, debt vs. equity), industry (financials vs. consumer), and geography (emerging markets vs. U.S.).

The hedge fund industry has grown substantially over the past 2 decades and can no longer be considered a homogeneous asset class. There are estimated 9,000 hedge funds in the U.S. today with $2 trillion in assets under management.

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The Difference Between Working at a Mutual Fund vs. Hedge Fund

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Today we continue the conversation with our investment industry veteran, who began telling us the story of investment banking to the buy side. In Part 2 here, we’ll talk about what it’s like to work at a mutual fund vs. hedge fund. Working at a mutual fund vs. hedge fund has a lot of similarities on the surface. After all, it’s all about investing!

However, as we dig deeper into the comparison, we’ll see that there’s are significant differences in the lifestyle, nature of work, compensation structure, and career trajectory. Some of the answers might surprise you.

Without further ado, let’s get right down to it and continue our conversation. If you haven’t read the first half of the conversation, I recommend you start with Part 1 here.

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