01 Sep '17, 2pm

by @joonian

by @joonian

Hedge funds have been trounced by the stock market in recent years. Now they are eyeing a new asset class that might provide the big returns their clients pay them to produce: bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin has risen nine-fold in the last 12 months and is trading at an all-time high. Ether has surged 30-fold this year. Most hedge funds aren’t even beating the S&P 500. Yet they profit handsomely for their underperformance, charging clients the standard 2% in fees and 20% in investment gains. No wonder their customers are bailing out for passively managed assets, like index funds. The spectacular returns from crypto assets have led more hedge fund managers to investigate them as a new place to put money. “They want to juice their returns,” says one San Francisco-based analyst, who works at an equity fund with $4 billion under management. The analyst says he’s currentl...

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