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Cheap and easy access to performance

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein is offering UK retail investors a new way into hedge funds by launching the country's first certificates tracking a hedge fund index. These certificates will track the HFRX Global Index, HFR's investable index, and can be traded on the London Stock Exchange. DrKW believes that they offer retail investors an efficient and accessible way into hedge fund performance at a lower cost and for smaller amounts. "We offer daily liquidity and T+3 settlement so the trackers can be traded like equities," says Shahzad Sadique, UK head of covered warrants at DrKW.

The minimum trade size is one certificate, which currently costs about £6. But Sadique says: "Given brokerage costs, the maths works out that investors will potentially begin to see returns after an investment of circa £600. In fact the average investor typically invests about £3,000."

The management costs seem reasonable as well. The bank's replication fee (its charge for replicating the index), is 2% of the index value, calculated daily. For example, if an investor had bought a certificate on October 27 when the HFRX Global Index was at about $1,000 he would have been charged a management fee of about five US cents that day.

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