A career as a hedge fund manager can entail both high stress (due to the great pressure to make the correct investment decisions) and high rewards (if one makes the right portfolio choices). The trading atmosphere is fast-paced, and managers must be able to think clearly and be decisive under pressure. Hedge fund managers work long hours studying the market, devising and revising investment strategies, and meeting with colleagues and top managers at target investment companies. Nearly 80 percent of hedge fund professionals worked between 40 and 60 hours per week in 2015, according to the 2015 Hedge Fund Compensation Report from Benchmark Compensation, a financial data analytics firm.
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