Credit when it's due: how hedge funds profit from card portfolios

consumer credit

Hedge funds are eyeing up credit-card debt portfolios as potential revenue sources as economic distress and rising rates hit consumers, particularly in the US.

Buying portfolios directly can be time consuming, but deal flow is increasing. While managers see winning portfolio auctions as a profitable pursuit, credit-card portfolio experts caution careful analysis before buying.

Peter Bennett, managing director of San Francisco's Applied Income Sciences (AIS), has said that over 10 years, "US c