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The Economist Guide to Hedge Funds Hardcover – 24 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books; 2 edition (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846683823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683824
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It really is what it says - a quick and easy jargon-free guide to what they are, who they are, what they do and the arguments about whether or not what they do should worry us. If you...want to know more about the organisations that apparently account for about half the trading in the stock market, this is the book for you. (Evening Standard)

...excellent short guide...Coggan has the measure of the debate better than anyone I have read. (Fund Strategy Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In 1990 hedge funds managed assets worth around $39 billion. At the peak in 2007 that figure had grown to a staggering $2 trillion. Equally staggering is the amount of money successful hedge fund managers earn—in 2008 the top 10 earned more than $10 billion between them. The returns hedge funds make can be substantial, as they should be, given the high fees they charge. But the losses can be substantial too—as some discovered during the credit crunch market upheaval that started in the summer of 2007.

Most people have heard of hedge funds but few are clear about what they are or what they do. The revised and updated second edition of this highly acclaimed guide deftly explains all you need to know about hedge funds in order to understand the nature of their business. Following an introduction there are six chapters:

  • Hedge fund taxonomy

  • The players

  • Funds–of–funds

  • Hedge fund regulation

  • Hedge funds: for and against

  • The future of hedge funds

And at the end of the book there is a glossary of terms used in association with hedge funds, together with a number of tables and charts showing hedge fund data over the years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
This brief handbook offers a concise, highly readable introduction to the controversial subject of hedge funds. Philip Coggan demystifies these complex, generally unregulated investment vehicles. He identifies the major hedge-fund investment styles, lists some of the most important hedge funds and explains how they work. He elucidates some of the darker corners of the hedge-fund world, providing one of the most comprehensible accounts yet written of its risks and regulatory challenges. getAbstract recommends this book to readers who have a basic acquaintance with the language and concepts of finance and investment, and who seek an unbiased, objective introduction to hedge funds.
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Well-written, concise summary of what Hedge Funds are, what purpose they serve and where the industry might head. The book is easily understandable and gives a very good overview for anyone interested outside of financial services.

Note to Amazon: As of 1/2013 the cover page depicted on amazon.co.uk is incorrect - it shows the cover from a completely different book on Economics.
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Bit of a slog reading this and didn't really think I gained much. Good to cover some basics I guess<yawn>.
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Format: Hardcover
Interesting enough book that kept me occupied on holiday. Would recommend specifically for someone new to hedge funds or someone who has little contact with the business side (e.g. in IT at a bank). I've passed on to colleagues to read
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Format: Hardcover
As I always say when I read books from The Economists, its just gonna fit into my hobby reading list.....when I have enough time for it, I will read it. Good publication.
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