Daily Archives: March 23, 2009

Sophia Grene

‘There’s none so blind as them that will not see’ was the insightful, if ungrammatical, comment of a childhood mentor about those who refuse to admit adverse reality.

The line sprang to my mind when speaking to James Hatchley, a managing director of Freeman & Co, an M&A advisory consultancy. On most other topics, Mr Hatchley expressed reasonable and sensible opinions, but when it came to the subject of funds of hedge funds, an area his firm earns a lot of revenue from, he seemed to be in a different world.

“We see funds of [hedge] funds as a net beneficiary of the current crisis,” he said. “The market is entering into a winners and losers phase.”

While many might agree with the second statement, I would have put funds of hedge funds generally firmly into the losers’ basket. When questioned more closely about what the benefit might be, he predicted “fewer, bigger, better funds of funds”.

This may be a win for the end-investors, those that still have any money to invest and have the nerve to entrust it to funds of hedge funds, but it is presumably bad news for the many funds of hedge funds not fitting this description.

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FTfm's specialist writing team offer their insights into the global fund management industry.

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Pauline Skypala has been editor of FTfm for four years having previously been deputy personal finance editor. She joined the FT in 1999 and has been writing on savings and investment issues throughout her career.

Steve Johnson, FTfm deputy editor, has been a journalist for 17 years, 10 of which have been with the FT.

Sophia Grene, reporter on FTfm, has been a financial journalist in print and online for 12 years.

Ruth Sullivan has worked as a financial/business journalist and foreign correspondent and for the past 10 years has been at the FT.