The Economics of Funds Management

During the past two years I've met a lot of people trying to do what I'm trying to, build a funds management business. With $50m, I'm better off than most, but we're all losing money due to a lack of scale. That's expected. Most startup businesses lose money in the first few years. From the outside, though, most people view the industry as obscenely profitable. That's true when you look at a Platinum Asset Management, Hunter Hall or a Treasury Group (despite its recent woes). What you don't see is all the businesses that aren't alive any more. The...

During the past two years I've met a lot of people trying to do what I'm trying to, build a funds management business. With $50m, I'm better off than most, but we're all losing money due to a lack of scale.

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