Madison Street Capital in the Frontline of Hedge Fund Management.

Forty two hedge fund deals were closed at Madison Street Capital in 2015 exceeding the thirty two transactions of the previous year. The transaction volumes recorded in 2015 were approximately 27% higher than those recorded in 2014 as measured by AUM. Driven by the wave of transactions in the fourth quarter of 2015, there are other main drivers creating momentum, making 2016 to be a record year in relation to hedge fund mergers and acquisition transactions.
The report indicates that despite the mediocre performance of most hedge fund strategies in 2015, hedge fund industry assets are an all time high. Due to the lagging performance of the hedge fund, institutional investors are making allocations to the alternative asset management sector with the aim of making higher returns in order to keep up with the rising liabilities. The struggle of small hedge fund managers to attract capital has led them to operating below optimal portfolio capacity levels. Generally, managers are incurring higher operational costs while still experiencing downward pressure on the fees. As a result, hedge fund managers for both large and small hedge funds are therefore considering strategic alternatives.
Madison Street Capital is a leading international investment banking firm that provides an integrated approach to strategic and financial advisory. They help clients to succeed in the global market by providing corporate financial advisory services, mergers and acquisitions expertise as well as financial opinions and evaluations. They deal with both public and private held organizations. The company has experienced financial experts that give advice to hedge fund managers and other asset managers on issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, capital introduction, portfolio evaluation, financial restructuring as well as financial sponsor coverage.
The company has offices located in Asia, Africa and North America. All the offices are equipped with highly qualified professionals who are dedicated to delivering the best quality service. The firm carefully examines each client’s situation before developing strategies and giving guidance on decision to be made. They are well endowed when it comes to helping clients set up appropriate money management structures or setting up suitable financial structures. Madison Street Capital has many years of experience in this industry. Madison Street capital recently released the fourth edition of its hedge fund industry mergers and acquisitions review which covered transaction activity and mergers and acquisition opportunities. According to the senior managing director at Madison, Karl D’Cunha, the deal environment for hedge fund industry is set to be stronger in 2016 with a variety of deal mechanisms being used to accommodate buyers and sellers in the industry. Other than traditional mergers and acquisitions, transactions are being structured as incubator deals, revenue share stakes, PE stakes and PE bolt among others.

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Source: Hedge fund industry M&A overview

Creating a Useful Budget

One of the best ways to begin your journey of financial freedom is to create a budget. With the following steps (courtesy of Igor Cornelsen) you will be able to create a budget that will allow you to put your finances in order and get you closer to your goal of financial freedom.

Know your income
This first step is important. By calculating how much money you bring home each month will let you know how much money you have to spend. Your income amount includes the money you receive from your job, alimony, child support, social security, or even hobbies. When you are adding the money that you make from your 9 to 5 make sure to include your net amount and not your gross income.

Add up your expenses
One of the easiest ways to add up your expenses is by saving your receipts. Your grocery, gas, and miscellaneous items receipts will give you an idea about how much money you spend in those areas on a monthly basis.  Also, include your monthly bills such as your mortgage, car payment, utilities, etc.

Know your goal
Having a goal set will help you to stay true to your budget at times when you want to splurge. Are you trying to save for retirement, a new car, or maybe a new home? Whatever your goal is, make sure it is understood before you start living by your budget. Also, during this step be sure to create a time frame you would like to review your goal and to reveal your progress.

Once you know what your expenses are for the month, divide them into categories. For example, create a housing category that includes all expenses connected to your home such as utilities, rent, or phone bill.

Once you have categorized all of your expenses, take the time to list the amounts. For example, under your auto category you may list the cost of your car payment, insurance, and gas. After all the amounts have been determined for each category, add them together. The sum will be your monthly budget amount.

Keep track of your budget
There are many apps and software’s available that can help you to keep track of your budget. If you prefer a traditional approach, purchase a ledger book that will allow you to physically track your budget.

Extra tips
The budget you create today is not set in stone. Situations will arise that will cause you to have to make adjustments.  Also, make sure to include an emergency fund so just in case an unforeseen expense emerges, so that it will not completely throw you off your budget.