Pallotta’s Slow Start Shows Waning Investor Appetite for Risk

Bloomberg – James Pallotta and Christopher Pia, hedge-fund managers who recently struck out on their own, are discovering just how much the global financial crisis is reducing investors’ appetite for risk.

Pallotta, who split from Tudor Investment Corp. last month, and Pia, who spent 13 years managing money for Moore Capital Management LLC, probably will raise about $500 million apiece this year, according to brokers who provide loans and administrative services to hedge funds. Michael Ryan, who left Credit Suisse Group AG to open Jai Capital Management, will top out at around the same amount, according to the brokers, who asked not to be identified because the funds are private.

Investors, who put more than $1 billion each into seven new hedge funds last year, are scaling back after the industry posted its worst year on record in 2008. Whether it’s a big-name manager like Boston-based Pallotta or a newcomer, that threshold will be harder to cross this year than in the boom of 2002 through 2007.

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