Hedge funds with best names?

What hedge funds do you guys think have the coolest / least generic names? Any that really stand out?

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Dec 27, 2020 - 10:17pm

Pershing's name is alright, but it was named after the cafe that was in the same building I'm pretty sure. Ackman's first fund, Gotham Partners, sounds cooler imo. Then again, Pershing Square (the area in NYC) is named after the U.S. Army General.

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Dec 13, 2020 - 3:57pm

Fun fact about Two Sigma. I didn't know what Two Sigma meant, but after taking a supply chain process class in school, I learned that it's actually a reference to a measurement of efficiency/accuracy/error in supply chain processes. On a per million output basis, a one-sigma process produces correct outputs ~30% of the time, whereas a six-sigma process (extremely accurate) produces correct outputs ~99.99% of the time. A two-sigma process produces correct outputs ~70% of the time, on a per million output basis. So I guess in this case, Two Sigma is claiming their trades are correct ~70% of the time. Idk if that's what they were referring to in the name, but if it is, it got infinitely cooler to me. 

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Dec 14, 2020 - 9:40am

According to Wikipedia which quoted the old Two Sigma website:

According to Two Sigma, the firm's name was chosen to reflect the duality of the word sigma. A lower case sigma, σ, designates the volatility of an investment's return over a given benchmark, and an upper case sigma, Σ, denotes sum. By adding together the volatilities of individual positions measured against the benchmark, Two Sigma can amplify forecast signals, the company's website says.

Jan 7, 2021 - 5:37pm

Fun fact about Two Sigma. I didn't know what Two Sigma meant, but after taking a supply chain process class in school, I learned that it's actually a reference to a measurement of efficiency/accuracy/error in supply chain processes. On a per million output basis, a one-sigma process produces correct outputs ~30% of the time, whereas a six-sigma process (extremely accurate) produces correct outputs ~99.99% of the time. A two-sigma process produces correct outputs ~70% of the time, on a per million output basis. So I guess in this case, Two Sigma is claiming their trades are correct ~70% of the time. Idk if that's what they were referring to in the name, but if it is, it got infinitely cooler to me. 

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Dec 13, 2020 - 8:33pm

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Dec 19, 2020 - 2:07pm

Fun fact: Einhorn said the name "Greenlight" came from his wife, Cheryl, giving him the green light to launch a fund.

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Dec 12, 2020 - 6:17pm

I've always wanted to start a hedge fund and name it "Sonic Capital". Then when LPs ask what the name means, I'll say it's an acronym for some super complex risk management tool that we use but in reality it's because sonic the hedge fund.

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Dec 12, 2020 - 8:59pm

Granite Mercenary Group. Guys are intense. 

Dec 12, 2020 - 9:35pm

Cool ones: Himalaya Capital, Lone Pine, Viking, Oaktree, Greenhaven Road

Most generic / uncool fund names: all the Greek / Roman mythology related

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Dec 12, 2020 - 9:37pm

D1, run by an ex frat bro turned investor. I imagine new analyst get hazed and are forced to keg stand while reading 10ks. 

Dec 13, 2020 - 12:32am

Taylor Mason Capital.

Not hedge fund but like Carlyle name.  Founders chose it because it sounded prestigious (srs)

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Dec 14, 2020 - 8:53am

I think the irony is what's so funny about it. "Long Term" capital that only took three years to completely implode xD

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Dec 14, 2020 - 7:44am

Download an iOS app called EDGR. They have top performing hedge funds and scores based on fund's track record. If you are going for an interview, you would be amiss if you don't look at what stock positions fund holds, track record, fund's history, and people who are in charge. I found it very useful for my own HF research and stock ideas. Their website is: www.edgr.io.

You may also want to check out sites like Whalewisdom and TipRanks. Good luck! 

Dec 14, 2020 - 12:26pm

I understand that the Rothschilds were the arguable founders of the modern banking system, but imagine that name on the front of a bespoke fund somewhere in the heart of Paris, now that would be prestige to the highest degree

Dec 15, 2020 - 4:48pm

I'm tired of private equity firms named shit like XXX Street Capital.

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Jul 21, 2021 - 6:15pm

Google the name and a defunct "PE" shop comes up. Helluva story lol. Not so genius.

Jan 4, 2021 - 3:17am

Favorite has been Cerberus though PE rather than HF. On the pure HF side I've loved Magnetar. Sounds like some kind of villain or something 

Jul 17, 2021 - 10:14pm

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