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Hedge Funds

Liquid diversified sources of alpha in an uncertain world

Diversify your portfolio with Hedge Funds

Hedge funds' flexible approach helps improve a portfolio’s performance during market downturns.

At HSBC Asset Management, we employ a multi-strategy approach that filters the hedge fund universe to find what we believe to be the best funds for our clients.

The potential benefits of investing in Hedge Funds

Diversification Diversification
Limit impact of market drawdowns Limit impact of market drawdowns
Absolute returns Absolute returns
Aligned interests Aligned interests

For illustrative purposes only, please refer to the Key Risks section below.

The value of investing through a multi-manager approach


Backed by well-established investment processes and well-resourced, experienced investment teams.



Allows instant diversification across managers and strategies.



Can offer access to best-in-class hedge fund managers which may be closed to new investors.



Investing as part of a large asset base offers negotiating advantages with hedge funds.


Why choose HSBC Asset Management?



As a people business, identifying talent and accessing this talent at the correct juncture forms a central pillar to our investment philosophy.



Our extensive experience and critical mass are leveraged when negotiating capacity with the best hedge funds for our clients.


Delivering Results

Our tailored investment process, developed
over 25 years ago, has resulted in outperformance over both traditional asset classes and peers through multiple market cycles.

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our Hedge Fund proposition

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Additional Materials

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Key Risks


  • Investors in hedge funds should bear in mind that these products can be highly speculative and may not be suitable for all clients.
  • There are several key issues that one should consider before making an investment into hedge funds. The risks specific to this type of investment may include, but are not limited to:

The value of investments and any income from them can go down
as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.
Past performance does not predict future returns. The return may increase or
decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.


The hedge fund industry is lightly regulated, with the majority of funds domiciled in offshore jurisdictions. Hedge funds are generally classified as “unregulated” and are not typically subject to the same levels of scrutiny and protection as a traditional investment fund. A thorough due diligence process can mitigate these concerns.

In event that redemptions requests on a particular dealing date are much higher than the normal level and full satisfaction would jeopardise the longer term portfolio balance, a gate or partial execution of redemption requests may be implemented generally on a pro-rata basis.

Side pocket
There may be instances when certain assets in a fund portfolio could become less liquid and the fund manager may segregate these illiquid positions from the main portfolio into a side pocket (or a separate vehicle).

Suspension of redemption
Suspension of redemption is a temporary halt in exiting the fund during a given redemption window. This is a stronger measure than gating because there is no dealing for the fund. This is generally used under special circumstances such as when liquidity conditions have markedly deteriorated in a short period of time or when there are heavy asset outflow such as the loss of a core investor.

Hedge funds operate larger investment minima than traditional investment funds. Investors are often unable to access a hedge fund unless they were willing to invest USD500,000 to USD2m.

Many hedge fund managers are wary of regularly publishing their positions in the belief that this will remove any advantage that they have over their peers. This can pose a problem to the investor, as he or she cannot be certain to which stocks, geographies, markets or even strategies he or she will be exposed to when investing in the hedge fund. However, trusted investors who have built strong relationships with the hedge funds can access this information for the majority of funds, enabling thorough monitoring of the investment.

Hedge funds typically have much longer dealing cycles than traditional investment funds. Depending on the strategy being utilised, a hedge fund may only allow subscriptions and redemptions on a monthly or quarterly basis. Furthermore, some hedge funds have long lock-up periods, where an investor is not permitted to redeem from the hedge fund unless a period of 6 months, a year or even 2 years has passed. Some may allow a redemption before the lock-up period is over, but the investor would have to pay a hefty penalty to be able to do this.

Manager failure
Over time, a number of hedge funds will close or fail, due to weak performance or operational difficulties. An investor must take this into consideration before making an investment, seeking professional advice to help minimise the risk of investing in a fund that is likely to fail.

The risk factors listed above are not exhaustive.