Bloomberg News reports that the hedge funds are now turning around and defending their high fees. These funds, as it seems, have found new ammunition against those that have criticized their huge fees over the years. It has come to light and come to be realized that those companies that incur the most, which often comprise the industry's biggest names, are the ones that have produced the best returns over a period in comparison to those companies that charge fewer fees. This was found as per a study conducted by Barclays Plc's Capital Solutions group, which studies as many as 290 hedge funds along with their fees and returns. The top performers were the multi-manager funds that use pods of trading individuals for investing across the markets. Those investors that did pay up the pass-through fees, which include charges for the operational costs, miscellaneous expenses, and compensation for the portfolio manager, were found to be given super returns, as per the study. These were the companies that provided more alpha, or extensive returns related to the benchmarks, compared to the peers that attract just the partial pass-through or no fees. How Worthy are the Hedge Fund Fees? Bloomberg news also reports that multi-manager funds frequently have been found to produce the strongest net returns. The table below better exemplifies the equation. Source: Barclays Capital Solutions (Annualized data belongs to the period between 2019 and June 2022) There are many biggest managers in the industry that substantially charge fees. The company Elemental Capital Management hiked its performance fee to 40% of the profits earned, a surge of 25%. Over the years, investors have pushed these funds to curb the fees. This is particularly true for those returns found waning during the pre-pandemic period amidst lesser market volatility. In 2022, the big tech-oriented equity managers will find it difficult to produce some of the strongest profits. Bloomberg News reports that Roark Stahler, the US head of Barclay's strategic consulting, stated that multi-strategy managers that are well established could recruit the best talent, shop for the maximum data and go about investing in the infrastructure. These investors have these costs passed over to them, which in turn helps benefit the firm; however, it also indicates that investors ought to be OK about paying the cost since the returns they are getting are better than what they are paying as fees. Barclays studied about 40 multi-manager funds while studying annualized returns between 2019 and 2022. There was an overseeing of an average of assets worth $7 billion, and as many as 250 traditional funds averaged $2 billion. Further Reading \t $40 Billion Market Cap Wipeout in Wireless Sector Puts Focus on T-Mobile Results \t What Is A Membership Website and Why You Should Have One? \t How to have a Successful Strategy for SMB in Marketing?