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All About Hedge Funds, Fully Revised Second Edition

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“Every investor stands to benefit from Zask’s long experience and winning narrative.” -- Donald H. Putnam, Managing Partner, Grail Partners LLC“An easy-to-understand history lesson and guide to the often misunderstood world of hedge funds . . . a no-nonsense explanation of the industry written so that just about anyone can understand it. I highly recommend it.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. ALL ABOUT HEDGE FUNDS, Second Edition
  3. Copyright Page
  4. CONTENTS
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction: Major Themes and Organization of the Book
  8. PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO HEDGE FUNDS
    1. Chapter 1 What Is a Hedge Fund?
    2. Chapter 2 Regulation of Hedge Funds
    3. Chapter 3 Hedge Fund Organization
    4. Chapter 4 Hedge Fund Service Providers
  9. PART TWO: HEDGE FUND TOOLKIT
    1. Chapter 5 Short Selling and Leverage
    2. Chapter 6 Derivatives: Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction
  10. PART THREE: HISTORY AND OVERVIEW OF THE HEDGE FUND INDUSTRY
    1. Chapter 7 History of Hedge Funds
    2. Chapter 8 Hedge Funds, Shadow Banking, and Systemic Risk
    3. Chapter 9 Key Events in the Development of Hedge Funds: Long-Term Capital Management and the Credit and Liquidity Crisis
  11. PART FOUR: HEDGE FUND PERFORMANCE: MOUNTING CRITICISM AND CHANGING BENCHMARKS
    1. Chapter 10 Mounting Criticism of Hedge Fund Performance
    2. Chapter 11 Is Smaller Better in Hedge Funds?
    3. Chapter 12 Statistical Measures of Performance
    4. Chapter 13 Aggregate Measures of Hedge Fund Performance
    5. Chapter 14 Hedge Fund Returns from the Investors’ Viewpoint
  12. PART FIVE: HEDGE FUND STRATEGIES
    1. Chapter 15 Overview of Hedge Fund Strategies
    2. Chapter 16 Equity Hedge Strategies
    3. Chapter 17 Event-Driven Strategies
    4. Chapter 18 Relative Value Strategies
    5. Chapter 19 Global Macro and Commodity Trading Adviser Strategies
    6. Chapter 20 Hedge Fund of Funds
  13. PART SIX: HEDGE FUNDS AND INVESMENT PORTFOLIOS
    1. Chapter 21 Modern Portfolio Theory and Efficient Market Hypothesis
    2. Chapter 22 Behavioral Critique of Efficient Market Hypothesis
    3. Chapter 23 Institutionalization of Hedge Funds
    4. Chapter 24 Hedge Funds and Retail Investors
  14. PART SEVEN: MANAGING HEDGE FUND PORTFOLIOS
    1. Chapter 25 Manager Selection and Due Diligence
    2. Chapter 26 Risk Management
    3. Chapter 27 Recent Hedge Fund Controversies
  15. Conclusion
  16. Appendix A: Model Due Diligence Questionnaire for Hedge Fund Investors
  17. Appendix B: Overview of Major Hedge Fund Replication Products
  18. Appendix C: Internet Resources for Hedge Fund News and Research
  19. Appendix D: Government Agencies That Oversee Hedge Funds
  20. Glossary
  21. Bibliography
  22. Index