Morningstar Advisor Chat Transcript: A Clear-Eyed Look at Hedge Funds
The following chat took place on June 6.
Jerry Kerns: Hello everybody. Let's begin today's live chat. I'm Jerry Kerns, editor of Morningstar Advisor magazine. In our first issue, we ran some articles that took a critical look at an investment vehicle that is getting a huge amount of attention today in the mainstream media: hedge funds. With us today are the folks behind those articles: Ryan Tagal, Morningstar's director of hedge funds, analyst Nadia Van Dalen, and analyst Dan Farkas. Hi guys, and thanks for joining us today.
Dan Farkas: Hello, everybody.
Nadia Van Dalen: Thanks for having us.
Ryan Tagal: We're ready for your questions!
CurtisC: For several years now, the cost of credit has been low and worldwide market liquidity abundant. As a result, demand has been strong--and volatility relatively low--for most asset classes. Hedge funds have certainly benefited from these trends. But have they generated excess return sufficient to offset their typical much higher fees and sometimes much greater risks? Can you quantify your answer?