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As capital markets continue to evolve, and become more efficient, investors are experiencing a moderation of returns. This has put many institutions, and individuals, in the difficult position of finding better ways to increase portfolio performance without increasing risk. In Fund of Funds Investing, hedge fund expert Daniel Strachman and fund of funds manager Richard Bookbinder provide you with the information needed to achieve this elusive goal.

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Fund of Funds Investing offers a unique overview of this often misunderstood and opaque area of the investment marketplace. Through a series of high-level interviews, as well as direct industry experience, Strachman and Bookbinder explain the how's and why's of fund of funds investing, while providing you with the insights needed to make solid decisions about them—including how a fund of funds may fit into one's portfolio.

Whether you're just beginning to look for an entry point into the fund of funds arena or have a firm understanding of how they operate, this reliable resource has what you need to succeed. Page by page, it addresses essential issues including:

  • How diversifying through fund of funds investing can deliver specific risk/return profiles unattainable through single manager investing

  • Fund structures and fees

  • Why the need for due diligence does not diminish when investing in a fund of funds

  • The factors that affect alpha generation in an uncorrelated portfolio

And much more about investing, the markets, and the mayhem of 2008

Along the way, this book also looks back at the history of the fund of funds industry and examines where the industry is today—in the wake of Madoff, the credit crisis, and the failure of many hedge fund managers to perform during the extreme volatility of 2007, 2008, and even 2009.

Fund of funds will continue to grow in importance over the coming years. In order to effectively understand and evaluate these investments, you need the practical guidance that can only be found in Fund of Funds Investing.

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Praise for Fund of Funds Investing

"This book is a clear, practical description and guide to fund of funds investing. Written by two experienced professionals, it will be a valuable tool for both individual and professional investors."
William Michaelcheck, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Mariner Investment Group

"Fund of Funds Investing provides a wealth of information for any investor looking to initiate, maintain, or expand their hedge fund investments."
Jay D. Levy, CPA, Partner and Financial Services Industry Co-Practice Director, J.H. Cohn LLP

"Strachman and Bookbinder have produced a real gem in Fund of Funds Investing. In plain, straightforward language, the authors demystify hedge funds, modern portfolio theory, the risks of alternative investing, and complex fund of funds structures. Seasoned industry professionals will keep it handy as a primer on how to explain these arcane concepts to their clients; the novice will use it to get a leg up. A must-read."
Gregory J. Nowak, Esq., Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

"Fund of Funds Investing is a must-read for those new to hedge funds, providing a strong primer on the fund of hedge funds investment model. The book is also valuable for the experienced investor, touching on a broad range of topics, with interesting perspective for the reader, especially following the cataclysmic events of 2008."
Virginia Reynolds Parker, CFA, Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer, Parker Global Strategies, LLC


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470258764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470258767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Daniel Strachman has been working on Wall Street for more than twenty years in various capacities, including institutional brokerage, money management, and mutual fund and hedge fund product development and marketing. He is an expert in all aspects of retail and institutional distribution for both traditional and alternative investment products and services. Daniel is also fully versed in strategic planning for both investment firms and firms that provide services to the investment community. He has provided consulting services to companies around the world to help make their organizations expand and prosper in both good and bad economic times.

Daniel is the author of nine books on investment strategy, the hedge fund industry, and investment managers. His articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Interview Magazine, The New York Post and American Banker. He is often quoted and appears in the news media and is adjunct professor Rutgers University Business School.Mr. Strachman graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor of Arts. Email him at

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Shieh on April 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fund of Funds Investing is a great read! The authors, both experienced participants in the hedge fund space provide an objective, to-the-point presentation of how to successfully approach a diversified investment strategy. The read is kept easy and fresh as the authors sprinkle the technicalities of the industry with insights from their own personal experiences and the tone is candid and unpretentious. Overall, a fantastic read for any institutional manager or individual who seeks to learn or update his or her knowledge of this often misunderstood industry.
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