Women-Run Hedge Funds Ruled In 2012

It’s bad enough that women live longer and smell better than men, but now a new report by Rothstein Kass suggests that they make better traders as well.

From the report….

Meredith Jones, director at Rothstein Kass and the author of the report, believes there are two primary factors at play in the exceptional performance of women in alternative investments.

  1. Women tend to be more risk-averse than men. “Women may be better equipped to position a portfolio to handle market volatility which we certainly have had no shortage of over the past five years,” Jones tells The Daily Ticker’s Lauren Lyster.
  2. The size of women-run hedge funds. “Women-run funds tend to be smaller pools of capital than men-run funds and as a result of that they’re more nimble and better able to navigate the market,” says Jones.

“What happened to hedge funds in 2012, in large part, is that because of the large spoilers hanging out on the periphery, I think that they focused more as a group on managing the downside and less on both sides of the equation,” says Jones. “What women-run firms are able to do is capture the upside while really limit the downside.”

Actually, it’s not a surprise to me.  I have long thought that the fairer sex have many traits that give them an edge over men in the markets, and it’s a shame that more of them don’t enter the profession.

For more on this see “Calling All Lady Traders” (bclund)

Female Hedge Fund Managers Ruled the Markets in 2012 (Yahoo Finance)

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