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The Power of Portfolio Protection
How hedge funds can help smooth the ride for investors

While hedge funds have been around for well over two decades in South Africa, they have only recently become easily accessible to most retail investors.

Last April, host Stephen Backhouse was joined by Peregrine Capital CEO and Portfolio Manager, Jacques Conradie, to explore some of the major talking points as the asset class became more topical.

About the webinar

In the webinar, we delved into:

  • What had driven the interest in hedge funds amongst private investors
  • The commonalities and differences between hedge funds and traditional unit trusts
  • The additional tools available to hedge fund managers
  • When and why investors would benefit from exposure to this asset class
  • Some of the myths and misperceptions around hedge funds

The learning outcomes were:

  • What hedge funds are and how they differed from other CIS unit trusts
  • What additional tools hedge fund managers could use in their funds that long-only managers could not
  • What potential advantages hedge funds could bring to a well-balanced portfolio
  • How hedge funds fit into portfolios within a regulation 28 compliant construct

The speakers


Stephen Backhouse

Head of Strategic Accounts

Stephen is a business development specialist with over 11 years’ experience in the asset management and platform industry. Stephen’s focus is all aspects involved in forging long-lasting relationships with strategic partners, more specifically the Discretionary Fund Managers and large Key Accounts, who are influential partners in our industry and are important stakeholders for the future proposition of INN8.

He was previously the head of Marketing and Business Development at STANLIB, where he was responsible for the Standard Bank relationship. Stephen obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Rhodes University, and his Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.

Jacques Conradie

Jacques Conradie

Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager
Peregrine Capital

Jacques joined Peregrine Capital in 2007 and is a Portfolio Manager, while also being Chief Executive Officer of the business. 

Jacques started his career at Old Mutual in 2006, where he worked in the Life Insurance Product Development team and qualified as an Actuary. In 2005, as a student at Stellenbosch University, Jacques was awarded the Chancellor’s medal for being the top graduating student.  

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