Bloomberg: Incubator Platforms: the Benefits of Infrastructure and Distribution

Start-up hedge fund managers face conflicting issues today. On the one hand, managers are acutely mindful of the need to control capital expenditure. Rising costs of regulation and compliance challenge the ability to build traction in funds. On the other hand, funds realize the importance of having an institutional-quality infrastructure from day one, an expensive proposition, in order to appeal to increasingly demanding institutional investors.

So how should managers counteract the opposing forces of reducing costs to stay lean and mean yet still present themselves as a serious business? One option gaining popularity is the incubator platform, which provides an entire infrastructure, a risk management framework and takes care of all service provider agreements. The incubator platform leaves the manager to focus on one core task: running the investment strategy.....

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