On Fairness of Connecticut' Subsidy for Bridgewater at Most Influential Hedge Funds Conference

Building off of the momentum of past conferences, Golden Networking brings back Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016", now in New York, Chicago and London
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Aug. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- (August 20, 2012, New York) Since when does a huge hedge fund need subsidies? That is the question Richard Beales launches in his Reuters Breakingviews column. Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, the biggest in the world with $130 billion under management, may get up to $115 million in help from the U.S. state of Connecticut to build a new headquarters. Not all manager attending Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016"  can consider themselves that lucky.

Dalio’s firm, which made him nearly $4 billion last year according to Absolute Return, hardly seems a needy recipient of aid. And on the surface Governor Dannel Malloy has far more pressing priorities. Connecticut recently needed a budget that cut healthcare spending for the poor and tapped funds that had been set aside for other purposes in order to help close a $200 million deficit.

Yet there are potential benefits for the Constitution State. There are already 1,225 highly remunerated Bridgewater employees paying income tax. And as the largest and most successful hedge fund in the world in recent years, Dalio’s firm stands to become a lot larger.

Without Connecticut’s cash, places like New York’s Westchester County, New York City and even parts of New Jersey might have lured Bridgewater with incentives of their own. The firm needs to move somewhere, Westchester isn’t that much further away from its current Westport home, and many employees anyway reverse-commute from Manhattan. There’s an additional public motivation, if zoning permits and other hurdles can be overcome, to rehabilitate a grungy slice of the Stamford waterfront.

There’s even a basic financial rationale. Suppose Dalio does hire 1,000 more staff over 10 years – as he needs to if Bridgewater is to get the full benefit of $25 million of forgivable loans in the subsidy package – and each makes $200,000 a year. They’d all pay a bit over $11,000 in state income tax. Eventually that’s $11 million a year, almost a 10 percent annual return on all the state’s money. It’s less risky, too, to subsidize retaining a business – as New York did to keep Goldman Sachs (GS.N) in Lower Manhattan – than try to attract new ones.
Still, it’s a decent slug of Connecticut’s cash that could be deployed elsewhere. And the big unknown is whether, without subsidies, Dalio really would take his firm elsewhere after more than three decades. It’s no surprise that one of the best performing hedge fund bosses managed to persuade the state the danger was real.

On September 25 in New York, October 9 in Chicago and December 12 in London, hundreds of the most important players in alternative investments will gather for all-star agendas at Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016". A virtual who’s who will soon follow as one legendary manager after another will take the stage. Billions of investable assets will be represented by influential local and international investors who will listen with rapt attention as star managers and analysts discuss and debate the biggest issues facing the industry today.

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016" will provide attendees in New York, Chicago and London with the most up-to-date review of where this ever-changing industry stands and how regulatory and alpha expectation s will impact it. Recognized managers, investors, experts, regulators, and strategists will return to Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012 to provide the information practitioners are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

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