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Hedge fund compensation report 2018



Steve Cohen
Steve Cohen, founder of Point72

  • Senior hedge fund managers are taking home smaller
    paychecks in 2018.
  • Median compensation – including base and bonus – for
    senior analysts is expected to decline by 12%, while median pay
    for portfolio managers is projected to fall 15%.
  • Market volatility, particularly in October,
    hurt hedge funds this year.

This year was a brutal one for hedge funds
— and it’s hitting
portfolio managers’ bonuses as a result. 

With hedge funds suffering from poor performance in 2018,
investment managers are likely to to take home smaller paychecks,
according to a new report.

“Hedge funds had a bad year,” said Adam Zoia, chief executive
officer at compensation advisory firm CompIQ, which published the
data. “Of course, the year is not over, but so far, it’s not

Median compensation – including base and bonus – for senior
analysts is expected to decline by as much as 12%, to $572,000 in
2018. For portfolio managers, it is likely to fall to $967,370,
down 15% year-over-year, the report said.

Junior investment professionals and back office employees will be
shielded from the volatility, Zoia said. The report predicts a 1%
decrease in median pay for junior analysts.

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The hedge fund industry has historically been known for its
eye-popping salaries, with managers such as Bridgewater
Associates’ Ray Dalio and Appaloosa Management’s David Tepper

among the world’s wealthiest

But recently the industry has come under pressure from its
own investors — called limited partners —
for its high fees and subpar returns. 

As of November 1, hedge funds across all strategies posted
an annual return of -0.8%, according to CompIQ. That compares to
a return of 11.4% in 2017, which was the highest level in four

The month of October, in particular, was the worst month
for hedge funds since May 2010. 
 The group
lost almost 3%, according to Hedge Fund Research

As a result of market turmoil smaller hedge funds might slash
jobs by year-end, Zoia predicted. 

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