Apologize in advance for the noob question, but for a long/short equity hedge fund, why do certain funds take market neutral positions? My understanding is that by shorting the industry or sector, you are eliminating systemic risk associated with the industry thus any outperformance will be a result of the stock itself.
But as stock pickers, what is the purpose of having 0 correlation to the market? Aside from eliminating risk, if you truly believe in your due diligence wouldn't hedging just take away from profits? I understand you can't be right 100% of the time as investors, but curious on the thoughts of industry professionals for their take.