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What are Hedge Funds?

Sameer Jain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Harvard University

March 1, 2011

UBS Alternative Investments, 7 January 2011

This primer is designed to assist investors in furthering their understanding of the hedge fund space. It explains the basics of hedge funds, introduces concepts of credit and market risk arbitrage, explains popular trading strategies and provides examples of arbitrage trades in an easy to understand form. The primer series also explains hedge funds' asset characteristics and provides insights into the manner in which they may be included in investor portfolios. It is intended to serve as an investor's quick guide to hedge fund investing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: hedge funds, primer, investing

JEL Classification: G24

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Date posted: March 3, 2011 ; Last revised: May 28, 2013

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Jain, Sameer, What are Hedge Funds? (March 1, 2011). UBS Alternative Investments, 7 January 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1773947 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1773947

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Sameer Jain (Contact Author)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )
77 Massachusetts Avenue
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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