Hedge Fund Due Diligence provides a step-by-step methodology that will allow you to recognize and avoid questionable hedge funds before its too late. Based on a framework that hedge fund investigative expert Randy Shain has refined over the course of his successful career, this book offers an overview of due diligence into hedge fund management, how information on managers can be obtained, and why this information is essential to your investment endeavors
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Amaranth. Aurora. The Manhattan Fund. Bayou. To anyone invested in or interested in investing in hedge funds, these names evoke one thought: blow-ups. Knowing that these and other hedge funds have faltered is not particularly valuable; knowing how to avoid funds that might blow up, on the other hand, is crucial.
Hedge Fund Due Diligence provides a step-by-step methodology that will allow you to do just that. Based on a framework that hedge fund investigative expert Randy Shain has refined over the course of his successful career, this book offers an overview of due diligence into hedge fund management, how information on managers can be obtained, and why this information is essential to the investment community.
Including deconstructions of recent hedge fund blow-ups, this timely resource will alert you to the warning signs of potential problems and, more importantly, how to avoid them. By analyzing these examples, and explaining how you can develop this kind of research for yourself, Hedge Fund Due Diligence will allow you to make the most informed hedge fund investment decisions possible. And with the tools presented throughout the book, you’ll have the knowledge you need to deduce how a hedge fund manager’s previous behavior is likely to predict their future success.
While you might consider this a tough task, a lot of it has to do with asking the right questions—of your staff, your vendors, and the managers themselves. Just as you know how to ferret out information from a hedge fund manager regarding their strategy, leverage, and where they put their cash, this book will serve as a guide to the types of due diligence questions you should be asking.
Essential issues addressed throughout these pages include:
- Why do most hedge funds really fail?
- What are the various types of due diligence?
- Can the chances of investing in future failuresbe lessened or prevented?
- What are the best ways to find public records—from court documents and news files to corporate records
- How effective is the Internet in the due diligence process?
- And much more
Whether you investigate a hedge fund yourself or choose to outsource the initiative, Hedge Fund Due Diligence will arm you with the insights needed to uncover potential pitfalls before it’s too late.
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Praise for Hedge Fund Due Diligence
“We have worked with Randy and his team at Backtrack as well as other background investigation firms for several years. In this book Randy provides some rare insight into the detail and complexity behind productive background investigations. Randy captures the passion, work ethic, and consistency required to properly investigate, monitor, and safeguard hedge fund investments as it relates to background investigations.”
—Robert P. Swan, Chief Operating Officer, Lighthouse Investment Partners, LLC
“I can highly recommend this book for anyone considering investing in hedge funds or responsible for allocating to this asset class. Through his use of analysis and case studies, Randy Shain does a great job of debunking popular myths and explaining ‘distinctions without a difference’ in the area of background investigations. Overall, it is an illuminating book that clearly shows why it is so important to do proper due diligence.”
—Charles Cassidy, Director, Business Risk Management, Cambridge Associates
“Randy Shain is a terrific investigator who always goes the extra mile, digging up key insights others would readily overlook. His book is a fabulous resource for investors who want to suss out hedge fund managers, but it goes beyond that. I’d recommend it to investigative journalists, Wall Street analysts, due diligence pros—basically anyone who wants to get the professional lowdown on anyone else.”
—Marcia Vickers, Investigative Reporter and Contributing Editor, Fortune magazine