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Hedge Fund Fees Edge Higher in 2018

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Hedge funds have been reducing management and performance fees during most of the past decade, but that trend appears to be taking a breather for now. According to data from Eurekahedge, the average performance fee charged by hedge funds increased to 15.5% in 2018 from 15% in the previous year, whereas the average annual management fee rose 13 basis points to 1.3%.

Last year’s increase in management fees was the most significant annual rise in fees since Eurekahedge started collecting the data. The increase was mainly attributable to Europe- and Asia-focused funds, which saw an increase in management fees of 20 and 29 basis points during the year to 1.3% and 1.7%, correspondingly. The average incentive fee for Europe-focused funds increased 109 basis points last year to 15%, while Asia-focused vehicles registered an average increase in their performance fees of 309 basis points to 19.1%. Data from Eurekahedge gathered by Pensions & Investments also reveals that the percentage of funds charging a performance fee equal to or above 20% increased to roughly 55%from a prior figure of 45%.

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Shifting focus from the global to the Nordic hedge fund industry, the average management fee charged by the 16 hedge funds launched in 2018 totalled 0.97%. This group of funds charges investors an average performance fee of 15.31 percent. The 13 Nordic hedge funds launched during 2017, meanwhile, charge an average management fee of 1.03% and an incentive fee of 16.54%. Around 55% of all Nordic hedge funds launched in the past two years charge a performance fee of 20%, though funds use different thresholds under their fee structures.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by HedgeNordic, the Nordic Hedge Fund platform.

Filipe Wallin Albuquerque
Filipe Wallin Albuquerque
Filipe is an economist with 8 years of experience in macroeconomic and financial analysis for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the UN World Institute for Development Economic Research, the Stockholm School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Filipe holds a MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE and a MSc in Economics from the University of London, where he currently is a PhD candidate.

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