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Money Mavericks: Confessions of a Hedge Fund Manager

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  345 ratings  ·  17 reviews
New edition of this revealing and incisive account on the incredible inside workings of hedge funds and an ongoing tool with which readers can learn more about this illustrious industry.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published May 17th 2012 by FT Press (first published July 27th 2010)
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Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seeing As this book has so many positive reviews, I will make this review bit less detailed than usual. Instead i'll just contribute to the positivity.

Now first of all, this book is great. It's written by former hedge fund manager Lars Kroijer. Lars starts off by exposing some of the popular myths in the hedge fund industry, the whole glamorous appeal of it all is nothing more than a gross oversimplification society has placed on it, Much like the situation in china. Lars walks you through his l
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading Lars Kroijer's memoir on running a hedge fund. The down to earth writing style makes Lars' book easy to read. It's not everyday you get to go "behind the scenes" in starting up a hedge fund and the fundraising activities involved. Lars digs deep in the industry and questions the high fees and value added as a hedge fund towards the end of his journey running Holte Capital. Even if you're not into finance, it's worth a read. ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a rare thing for a non-finance person to be utterly absorbed in a book about finance.But Lars Kroijer's memoir is a refreshingly honest and humble account of his success/failures in the mysterious world of hedge funds. He brings to light the struggles and the stress of running a business with Danish dead-pan humor and humility. Terrific book that had me laughing aloud !!! ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An engaging read - although I knew what was going to happen at the end, Lars came across as a nice guy and I was willing him to succeed!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and easy to read. If I were to recommend any hedge fund book (to people working outside of hedge funds), this would probably be it!
Ooh, a book written by a fund manager! Even allowing for the predictable lack of 'juicy' details, this should make a very interesting book! We've got plenty of books on the matter written by journos, but an actual fund manager?

Unfortunately, this is a distinctively uninteresting story written in a distinctively way. Kroijer fails to adequately describe the frantic world of hedge funds and in the process makes it appear comparable to any desk job. There's some usual soul-searching and the predict
David Ball
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this, but being an event-driven prop trader in London at the same time this book was set, I am probably the perfect audience. I found the book informative - particularly the sections dedicated to getting his fund up and running (all the admin tasks as well as the fund raising aspects) - as I hope to run my own hedge fund some day. While his approach to trading was far from unique, I appreciated the efforts he went into describing how he identified opportunities and hedged out his r ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's because my investing style is so dissimilar to his, but nothing in this book really grabbed me. You keep waiting for something big to happen. He's trying to launch the fund, now it's going, now it's a bit bigger. And then it all just ends. Good memoirs require drama, there was no real conflict here to push the story forward. I appreciate the author's honesty and clear writing, but I can't get past three stars for something this devoid of the high drama that normally defines finance. ...more
Alvin Lim
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hedge-funds
If hedge funds were a country, it would be the eighth-biggest on the planet. They can sink whole economies, and have the potential to crash the entire global financial system. Yet they are beyond regulation. We should be very afraid.' New Statesman, 2006 What is a hedge fund and what do hedgies actually do? How are the staggering fees in the hedge industry calculated? ...more
Mortifyingly frank, yet winsome, Kroijer lifts the veil on starting a hedge fund like no other writer. If you ignore the woefully inaccurate title (surely the fault of a demented publisher), you'll find in these pages a veritable manual of start-up wisdom, along with a cautionary tale for those who aspire to be their own investment bosses. ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about hedge funds and lifestyle. Captures the stress and types of people who are in it. The author tries to be quite humble yet not so humble at the same time. Kind of felt as though it was fake humbleness.
Jacob Senholt
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, non-fiction
Fairly enjoyable, and provides a quite detailed account of the otherwise cloudy world of hedge-funds. A must read for anyone entertaining the thought of pursuing a career within investment banking and hedge-funds.
Julian Bu
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was fun to read. author sounded authentic and didn't try to flatter himself too much. ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great perspective of a fund
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First-hand, down to earth, amazing story about setting up one's own hedge fund. The book makes sure the reader gets a real view on the hedge fund not to make it look like investment banking. ...more
Vlad Bayer
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent read for anyone interested in the industry. But especially interesting read for those dreaming about someday starting their own fund.
Frederick Nguyen
Full of candid storytelling and heartwarming humor. One of the best pieces of writing from an industry's insider. ...more
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