Introduction to Hedge Funds

Introduction to Hedge Funds

In the first video of this introductory series on Hedge Funds, Trevor identifies the factors associated with a hedge fund - its use of short selling and leverage. And then provides a brief history along with the market today.
Overview

The hedge fund industry developed in the 1950s to become a significant part of financial markets today. Hedge funds differ to more traditional funds in their use of leverage as well as their ability to short sell. They tend to charge both a management fee as a percentage of assets under management and a performance fee which is a percentage of profits. They operate a variety of strategies which focus on everything from big picture macroeconomic themes to relative value and arbitrage strategies.

Key learning objectives:

  • What defines a hedge fund?

  • How did hedge funds develop?

  • What strategies do hedge funds use?

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Expert
Trevor Pugh

Trevor Pugh

Trevor has worked in finance since 1995. He started his career in investment banking after studying Law at Cambridge and taking a Masters Degree in Financial Services from University College Dublin. Trevor spent 18 years at Barclays investment bank where he became a Managing Director and head of Gilt trading. He currently works as Chief Operating Officer for a hedge fund.

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