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Scalability

How to manage the risks and challenges growth can bring

Growth brings obvious benefits. These include bigger management revenues, more bargaining power and potentially less resistance in investor fee negotiations. There is also greater investor awareness to ease the fundraising process, and the prospect of heightened profitability.

Yet for hedge funds that lack an efficient and professional operations function, growing can also bring significant difficulties—and potentially business-crippling dangers.

Two forms of scalability

The key to efficient and profitable growth is scalability. That scalability comes in two broad forms:

i) Size and throughput capacity

Scalability is achieved by employing automated systems and processes to handle a rising volume of trades, tick and tie the reconciliations, and generate accurate and timely reports. This is better than relying on ramping up headcount linearly.

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