The 'US Hedge Fund Startup Guide 2020' special report comprises eight separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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Clear objectives critical in paving the way for startup hedge funds

Clear objectives critical in paving the way for startup hedge funds

By A Paris – “A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success” – these words, uttered by behavioural scientist Steve Maraboli, offer concise advice for any aspiring hedge fund manager. Although the road to success is far from straightforward, startup hedge funds need to have clear objectives and a definite, coherent understanding of who they are as investors and more importantly, who they want to be.

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Independence of fund directors and material conflicts of interest

Independence of fund directors and material conflicts of interest

Every day we wake up to news about trade wars, terrorism, natural disasters and major political events that all greatly affect our personal lives and the investment world. There are also serious issues facing the fund governance industry which cannot be avoided but can be managed by the funds industry. Change cannot be escaped and within the funds industry, change must occur sooner rather than later for it to thrive.

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Understand your vision and build tech to support it

Understand your vision and build tech to support it

Emerging hedge fund managers looking to succeed in the industry should consider what is most important to their firm and the vision they have for their fund. Then, with this set, the fund should partner with a managed service provider to build the technology infrastructure needed to secure it. Hedge funds can then find the technology components that best suit their business rather than pouring time and money into a complex structure which may not fit their purpose. 

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Operational due diligence considerations

Operational due diligence considerations

By Frank Napolitani (pictured), Constellation Advisors – Given today’s challenging capital raising environment, it is more important than ever to ensure that key, non-investment functions of an investment management firm are being addressed and managed properly. Operational Due Diligence (ODD) plays an integral role in the allocation of institutional capital.