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What Is The Sharpe Ratio And Why Should You Care

December 2020

posted by SureFire Multi-Strat, LP
1mo ago 170

The Holy Grail of investing is to find assets that are low in risk, and high in return. 


Unfortunately, the two are anticorrelated: putting money in your mattress isn’t very risky, but unlikely to make you rich. Whereas investing in some dropout’s startup is extremely risky, but could make you a billionaire. 


One way that institutional investors, like top hedge funds, global family offices, and the best investment clubs, quantify that tradeoff is with a quantity called the Sharpe Ratio. In this article, we’ll define what the Sharpe Ratio is, and explain how hedge fund managers use it in investing. 


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