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If hedge funds were football teams

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If hedge funds were football teams

Let’s have a look at the top of the table superstars in the investment world and see how they have done in the first half of the year.

September 26, 2021

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If hedge funds were football teams, the most expensive team wouldn't even be in the Premiership.  At least footballers get paid for results. The hedge fund world gets paid for being ‘average’.  With the Premiership having just kicked off, we got to thinking about league tables. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how the big hedge funds have started the year and how TPP compares? So, first, let’s have a look at the top of the table superstars in the investment world and see how they have done in the first half of the year. The first thing we’d like to point out is how incredibly difficult it was to actually find performance data. Most of these funds are happy to talk about their strategies, but trying to see whether they actually make any money, is really quite hard.

Man FRM Equity Alpha:
A high conviction strategy with over 15 years’ experience investing in and researching top statistical arbitrage managers.

Exposure to high-quality managers that are otherwise closed to external investment.

Year to Date performance: 5.3%

We found some great looking graphs about strategies and how they offer the best alternatives to standard investment. We couldn’t however, find a performance record.
Pimco GIS Dynamic Multi-Asset Fund:
The Fund is a dynamic, holistic investment portfolio that aims to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns for investors over a market cycle.

Year to Date performance: 1.10%
One of the world’s largest hedge funds. The return over the last 28 years has made headlines, and increased their assets under management to $160bn.  

Ray Dalio and his Bridgewater Associates average return on the Pure Alpha fund has been about 12% since its existence. Its All Weather fund has returned 7.8% since its inception and positive returns in every one of the last 18 years.

In 2020, Bridgewater lost $12.1bn overall across their funds; yet, they are still hailed as one of the greatest, and the man himself is now worth a staggering $20bn.

Year to Date performance: 2.8%
Man GLG Absolute Value Fund:
This has a minimum initial investment of £500,000. They charge a management fee and 20% performance fee on top. This means they take 20% of everything you earn.

Year to Date performance: 5.9%
All of these funds are run by multi-multi-millionaires, and in a few cases multi billionaires. Looking at these results it’s very hard to see why they are all paid so much money. If this were the premiership, the most expensive teams as seen here, would barely even make the league.

At least in sport, the best teams tend to rise to the top and you can’t hide from results. Here we’re seeing another good example of how producing an extremely ‘average performance’ is the best way to sustain and build assets under management.
Well, we at TPP are now going to show you, exactly why this is unacceptable. Here is how our traders are getting on showcasing their strategies on the platform for 2021:
Cambridge FX School:
This strategy often buy FX pairs perceived to be 'on trend', but in the short term, have had a rush of momentum against the cross.

Alongside FX, they also take both buy and sell positions on a select few Equity Indices looking for opportunity when it knocks.

Year to Date performance: 97.1%
European Stock Basket:
A European based futures strategy that will leverage the Indices in both directions looking for maximum returns. With a max drawdown of only 24.4% since inception, and a return on investment of 80.3%  in 2020, this is one of the most popular strategies on platform.

Year to Date performance: 76.1%
Equity Basket Buy Sell:
Whilst equity trackers over time will create profit for investors, this strategy looks for opportunities to sell the market. Often these opportunities are presented in periods of uncertainty, or when the markets are over bought.

Year to Date performance: 51.6%
Cambridge Futures:
A predominantly UK index focused futures strategy. If the FTSE is up 8% on any given year, it will be down on about 25% of those days. This strategy aims to miss as many of those ‘down days’ as possible and leverage the up days to maximise the return.

Year to Date performance: 48.6%
We could go on. Here are a few more:

European Index:52.2%
Nikkei Bias: 56.4%
Global Stock Basket: 29.1%
People are being paid millions to be average. We are showing you another way. This is the future of investing and investors are flocking to TPP because they no longer want to settle for average, and neither should you.

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