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Top 10 Reasons Why It’s OK to Meet with Hedge Funds

Posted on April 17th, 2013. Posted by

Top 10 Reasons It's OK to Meet with Hedge Funds

Some management teams are reluctant to meet with hedge fund managers. While planning a road show or conference appearance, they try to meet with “long only” fund managers. While I can understand that management teams are reluctant to meet with hedge fund managers out of fear of a tense line of questioning or some form of brow beating during the meeting, the reality is that you can’t (and shouldn’t) avoid these meetings. The sheer number of hedge funds is staggering and almost $2 trillion dollars are under management within these funds.

Following are the top ten positive reasons management teams and IR professionals should keep hedge funds on the schedule:

  1. Don’t judge the book by its cover. Hedge funds come in a variety of flavors. Funds can differentiate themselves by investment style, sector focus, geography, market cap, market neutral, long/short, etc. You may even be surprised to learn that some hedge funds are long-only or exclusively long-term oriented.
  2. Despite their depiction by the popular press, not all hedge fund managers are “bad guys.” Many hedge fund managers are smart, considerate, thoughtful, long-term investors. Don’t let the structure of their fund dictate if you meet with them. Continue Reading

Top 10 Reasons Why Portfolio Managers Sell Your Stock

Posted on March 13th, 2013. Posted by

Top 10 Reasons Why Portfolio Managers Sell Your Stock

Our clients often ask, “Why did account X sell my stock? Our last meeting with them went so well.” Generally speaking, there is one reason investors buy a stock: the assumption that its price is going up. There are, however, countless reasons why stocks are sold.  Sometimes when a company’s fundamentals seem to be improving it’s not always clear why a portfolio manager might sell a particular stock.  We want to shed some light on the factors that can lead to the “sell” decision via this month’s Top 10 list.

  1. Locking in gains. No one has ever been fired for locking in gains. Even an investor who’s held your stock for years can’t be faulted for taking some money off the table.
  2. Macro concerns or sector rotation. Even for a company that derives zero revenue from Europe and does not sell directly to the federal government, events like foreign debt defaults and sequestration cause fund managers to lighten up on stocks.  In uncertain times, cash is king!  Similarly, depending on the outlook of the firms’ economist, portfolio managers shift money between sectors, increasing and decreasing their exposure based on the economists’ suggestions. If healthcare is deemed an underperforming sector at a particular time, your stock might be caught in the sector rotation. Continue Reading

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