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Robert Olman: Hedge funds adapt after ‘perfect storm’

Guest blogger Robert Olman is President of Alpha Search Advisory Partners.

The views expressed here are the author's own and do not constitute Reuters point of view.

The ‘perfect storm’ of 2008 revealed several flaws in the hedge fund model.

rtr25ryoWith the decision by multiple funds to drop their gates in response to a tsunami of redemption requests, the mismatch of the liquidity in the funds’ investment portfolio and the liquidity provided to the investors became apparent.

Forward-thinking hedge funds are launching new funds (or restructuring) to resolve the liquidity mismatch while maintaining the integrity and scope of their investment process in a number of ways.

For example, many firms are using paired offerings, especially in the credit, ABS and distressed spaces: one with monthly lock-ups and conservative target returns, which will invest in liquid products; the second with longer lock-ups, approaching a private equity-like structure, with more aggressive target returns.