Ilana D. Weinstein, founder and CEO of the IDW Group LLC, provides an inside look at how the hedge fund industry has undergone a paradigm shift in the last decade.
“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare,” Weinstein says. She adds: “The only way to stay ahead of the game is to be building something in house where the people on it are better for sitting on your platform, and very few funds have been able to do that effectively.”
In a hyper-crowded and hyper-competitive industry, hedge funds need the best idea generators as managers to stay on top of performance. This year, hedge funds are on track for $60 billion of net inflows and have larger long positions than ever before. The availability of information has reached its most transparent state and in order to continue to maintain their edge, hedge funds need the best-in-class teams of investment professionals to generate alpha.
Weinstein breaks down the most essential qualities of managers and analysts that her firm recruits, and how scale and performance of hedge funds depend on this essential human capital.