An incentive for risk?

Hedge fund perspective


The mainstream press loves to highlight instances of hedge fund fraud. However, fraud is only a symptom of the basic risk issue – namely, the problem of conflicting incentives between hedge fund managers and investors.

Incentive problems arise from the delegation of authority by investors to managers over portfolio management. Managers' actions will differ from those that investors would prefer if the objectives of investors and managers differ. Differences in objectives emerge from the struc