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Hedge fund industry’s top performers mainly small, little-known

December 22, 2014 |

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss

BOSTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The hedge fund industry’s biggest performances in 2014 came from some of its smallest, least-known players, according to data from research firm Simplify.

The results add heft to years of studies by industry researchers and academics showing smaller funds tend to beat the industry’s big-name titans, in part because their managers often provide more focus and take bigger risks.

Mumbai-based Alchemy Capital Management ranked No. 1 on Simplify’s list as manager Hiren Ved’s $53 million long-short equity fund gained 63 percent through November, with a focus on Indian stocks, according to Simplify. More recent numbers are not yet available.

The second and third spots went to San Francisco-based funds: Oleg Nodelman’s $206 million long-short equity fund EcoR1 Capital Fund posted a 62.2 percent gain, while Kurt von Emster and Behzad Aghazadeh’s $182 million venBio Select Fund surged 61.8 percent, according to the survey.

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