Most of the books I've read on investing are about as appealing as chewing on a cinder block. Fortunately, Anthony Scaramucci has written The Little Book of Hedge Funds, an entertaining and informative book without the typical Wall Street bombast, and it's nearly small enough to fit into my back pocket.
Scaramucci is a regular contributor to CNBC's Fast Money, so he knows how to deliver a cogent message when he explains "the history and evolution of hedge funds and how they operate." The Little Book of Hedge Funds has everything from interviews with industry giants (Leon Cooperman) to a Due Diligence Questionnaire for potential investors. This is not a book loaded with charts, spreadsheets and algorithms but rather a straightforward anecdotal piece with something for everyone. Whether you're a neophyte who wants to learn the basics, an investment guru who'd like to pick up some gossip -- or more importantly -- someone who is considering investing their savings with a money manager, this is a worthwhile read.
There are numerous comedy analogies throughout the book, and I found this one particularly amusing: "Mutual funds are Rodney Dangerfield, while hedge funds are Jon Stewart."
I'm not sure how accurate that is, but it kept me reading from cover to cover.
—The Huffington Post By Rob Taub Apr. 23, 2012
From the Inside Flap
Hedge funds. Everyone's talking about them, but what are theyreallyand why should they matter to you? Presenting an accessible overview of these often discussed but rarely understood investment opportunities, The Little Book of Hedge Funds covers everything from their origins to their perceived effect on the global economy, and most important, why it's worth your while to understand how they work.
Essential reading for anyone looking to invest in this lucrative yet mysterious world, this book provides the tools and information guaranteed to illuminate the ways in which hedge funds have grown in both size and importance in the investment community. And why their future lies in their ability to provide greater transparency to those investors currently staying away because they don't understand how they work.
Written in a straightforward but entertaining style that makes getting a grip on the subject matter a breeze, this book examines hedge funds from all angles. Exploring everything from the financial techniquesincluding leverage, short selling, and hedgingthat hedge fund managers use to reduce risk, enhance returns, and minimize correlation with equity and bond markets to the myriad investing strategies (including their strengths and weaknesses) that they employ, this book has you covered. And most important, it lays to rest the prevailing misconception that investing in hedge funds is somehow riskier than putting your money into other asset classes.
Filled with insightful commentary, actionable advice, and engaging anecdotes, The Little Book of Hedge Funds provides novice investors, experienced financiers, and financial institutions with the must-have tools and information needed to conquer the investment vehicle that everyone is talking about.