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What is a Hedge Fund Conference?

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  • Written By: Geri Terzo
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 01 August 2018
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Hedge funds, sophisticated investment vehicles that invest on behalf of wealthy individuals and large institutional investors, are not marketed in the public domain. One way that people can learn about these investments and other business opportunities is to attend a hedge fund conference. These business conferences can not only inform investors about the latest hedge fund investment trend but also can be a platform for hedge fund managers to disclose upcoming investment opportunities. Also, new or emerging hedge fund managers who are looking to raise money for a fund might find the right connections with seed capital firms at a hedge fund conference.

Perhaps the group with the most to gain from a hedge fund conference is a firm that is launching a new investment fund. Unless the portfolio manager or the professional making the key investment decisions for the new fund is a well-known name in the financial industry, raising capital will be among the most challenging tasks that the fund faces. By attending or participating in a hedge fund conference, the portfolio manager can gain industry contacts who can support the launch of a new fund. Also, by speaking at a conference, the manager is introducing himself or herself, the firm and the fund to the investment community, which can prove vital in establishing the right reputation in the industry.

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A hedge fund conference also serves other purposes, including education. There are many institutional investors, such as pension funds, that have never before invested in a hedge fund. The reason might be because of fear or simply a lack of understanding about the asset class to which hedge funds belong. Hedge funds tend to be private groups that do not generously share investment recipes, secrets or strategies, so it could be quite valuable for investors of any size to listen to these investment professionals speak. It could break down the barrier of communication that sometimes exists between hedge fund managers and investors and offer a glimpse into what to expect when investing in a hedge fund, such as the types of investment returns and fee structures to which many hedge funds adhere.

Additionally, some well-known global hedge fund managers might choose to speak at a hedge fund conference. If this is the case, all attendees can expect to come away with a view of how this successful investor sees the financial markets at that point in time. An overview of what to expect in the stock market or bond market can influence the strategy that another money manager, whether a hedge fund manager or other, chooses to pursue. Hedge fund managers make investment decisions that affect large sums of money, so the more informed investors are, the better decisions they are likely to make.

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