'Static' fees for hedge funds and private markets questioned amid higher expected returns

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Cristian Angeloni
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Asset management firms that have benefited from a higher interest rate environment have been called into question as their fees have remained unchanged.

In its Investment Management Fees: Fairness Revisited report, investment consultancy bfinance stated sectors such as hedge funds and private markets have kept their hurdle fees "static" despite higher "risk-free" rates. A hurdle rate is the minimum profit or returns a hedge fund must earn before charging a fee. More specifically, in sectors where expected returns have increased as a direct result of higher interest rates, including hedge funds and private debt, the lack of change in hurdle rates has resulted in "greater overall fee leakage" and a higher percentage of overall return going...

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