The promise of investment banking is the return of dividends, where an initial investment becomes extrapolated through interest into a much larger sum. The easiest way to get into these sorts of transactions is through becoming a capital investor for a hedge fund. Hedge funds pool monies from several investors and then use that larger sum to finance securities or other economic tools.
Hedge funds are not open to the general public and are only available to well-accredited and, typically, liquid investors. Since these are private funds being pooled, the regulation of hedge funds (as opposed to mutual funds, for example) avoids regulatory oversight, even with the United States and Europe’s new regulations following the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Hedge funds tend to be open, meaning that they can be funded or withdrawn from relatively easily, as opposed to IRA’s and like investments.
Private firms, called hedge fund firms, assist clients in investing in futures, securities, equity, and options through a team of investment bankers that specialize in their individual fields. Working with a hedge fund firm gives an individual access to a greater differential of investment opportunities, allowing for the greatest possible return on their investments. One of the biggest and most profitable hedge fund firms in the world is Citadel, LLC, based in Chicago.
Founded in 1990 by Kenneth C. Griffin with the start-up capital of $4.6 million, Citadel, LLC grew in only eight years to employee 100 people and was responsible for $1 billion in investment capital. Citadel now employs more than 1,250 individuals around the world, Citadel maintaining offices in New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, London, Houston, Greenwich, Toronto, and its flagship operation in the Citadel Center, a $355 million office tower located in downtown Chicago.
Kenneth C. Griffin is listed by Forbes as the #4 hedge fund manager, #72 in a list of US billionaires, and is ranked #91 in the 2014 Forbes 400. He has been trading stocks since 1982 and managing hedge funds through his own company, Citadel, LLC, since 1990. For every investor seeking a meteoric rise in wealth, Kenneth C. Griffin, as a self-made billionaire (Forbes accounts his net worth at around $7 billion), is an inspiration and a beacon of what is possible through investment banking.
Whether you’re a novice in the world of investment banking, or a seasoned veteran of the modern economic ebb and flow, it would behoove you to seek out the advice, expertise, and market strategies of a hedge fund firm, who know all the pitfalls, tricks, and traps of the investing world. Of those firms, Citadel, LLC is a steadfast icon of the financial world that has weathered the economic upheavals of the past twenty-five years to maintain its’ position as one of the most profitable hedge fund firms in existence. The financial world is never secure, but with Citadel, LLC, at least their tried-and-true results will make you feel secure in your securities investment.