A Backdoor Way Into a $3T Industry

|June 18, 2024
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You probably haven’t heard of my friends, mentors and hedge fund colleagues Bill Lipschutz, Bernard Oppetit, or Sushil Wadhwani.

Combined, they have several billion dollars of assets under their management.

I interviewed Lipschutz and Oppetit for my book The Mind of a Trader, which is how I met them.

These masters of the hedge fund world sit next to other billionaire managers you likely haven’t come across – such as Jim Simons, David Harding and David Shaw (who Jeff Bezos used to work for).

Their billionaire statuses prove that they are the best at what they do – you can’t build that kind of wealth by having one lucky year.

But, again, though they’re among the greats in a booming $3 trillion industry (that’s more than the GDP of the U.K.)… most ordinary investors have never heard of them.

We’re talking about a lot of money changing hands… and a lot of profits up for grabs. Yet most investors don’t have access to these types of funds… or their incredible profit-making potential.

You can mostly thank regulations for that…

Unfair Advantage

Hedge funds require a minimum investment of $1 million. And they are banned from marketing to retail clients. That means their client base includes investors with ultra-high net worths, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, and institutions like pension funds.

Of course, even should you gain access by attaining an ultra-high net worth, chances are a fund still wouldn’t want to deal with you, as you’re just a single individual.

I’ve always felt this was unfair.

Why should only these types of investors have access to the best financial data?

I saw it time after time when hosting my show on Bloomberg TV and after I became a hedge fund CEO.

The chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management would show me the company’s latest research over a cozy lunch… My fund’s “prime brokers” in New York would give me privileged access to the New York Stock Exchange and order execution through their teams on the floor.

It all seemed, like everything else in life, that money and privilege got you access.

I have a unique perspective on this because I come from a retail investor background. My Financial Times columns were written to share insights with the masses. My TV show on Bloomberg was free to access.

All the barriers in the hedge fund industry seemed opposed to my life’s work.

But just letting anybody in by changing regulations would not be the answer. After all, how many private investors want to pay what funds typically charge (20% performance fees on their profits and 2% fees on their total investments)?

And it’s not just getting the picks that makes hedge fund access unfair. It’s getting the critical insights that lead to those picks.

Worlds Apart

A hedge fund manager and a mutual fund manager – in my experience – are as far apart as someone playing Major League Baseball and someone playing Little League.

I’m exaggerating… but just a little.

The best and brightest in asset management want to go into my industry – not into long-only retail funds.

Think of it this way… A mutual fund charges fees equal to around 0.5% of the value of the assets it manages. Again, us hedge fund managers get 2%.

You get what you pay for.

So how do we solve this problem of access? How do we level the playing field and get average investors access to the best insights in the industry?

Well, by reading Total Wealth… you are off to a good start.

I would also humbly point you to my latest research on this topic.

My team and I have been on a tear this year, destroying the relative S&P by 466%… and giving readers the shot at some truly astronomical wins.

What we do isn’t difficult, per se. But it requires thinking about the markets a little bit differently from what you may be used to.

That’s how my subscribers had a shot at gains like…

  • 250% in just 3 days on WRB
  • 144% in 83 days on GD
  • And 100% in just one week on DUK.

See how it was possible right here.

Alpesh Patel
Alpesh Patel

Alpesh Patel is an award-winning hedge fund and private equity fund manager, international best-selling author, entrepreneur and Dealmaker. He is the Founder and CEO of Praefinium Partners and is a Financial Times Top FTSE 100 forecaster. As a senior-most Dealmaker in the U.K.’s Department for International Trade, he is part of a team that has helped deliver $1 billion of investment to the U.K. since 2005 . He’s also a former Council Member of the 100-year-old Chatham House, the foreign affairs think-tank, whose patron is Queen Elizabeth. For his services to the U.K. economy, Alpesh received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from the Queen in 2020. As a recognized authority on fintech, online trading and venture capital, his past and current client list includes American Express, Merrill Lynch HSBC, Charles Schwab, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, TD Bank, NYSE Life… and more.