One of the biggest frustrations I’ve had over the past few years is hedge fund managers “gating” their investors. High-net-worth (HNW) investors commit substantial personal capital to these hedge funds with the expectation that the manager will limit the downside and generate greater returns than your typical index-chasing portfolio.
Unfortunately, during the downturn, not only did they suffer losses, but they went so far as to lock-up the investors’ assets within the funds. Investors were unable to access their money for an indefinite period of time regardless of circumstances.
To me this is inexcusable; while I understand investments in private equity and other illiquid strategies have longer-term commitments, it is unconscionable to think a long-short domestic manager should and/or would tie up their investors’ assets. For this reason, I encourage investors to avoid limited partnerships with gating provisions in place.