Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2011 (Revised March 2012)

AQR's DELTA Strategy

by Daniel Bergstresser, Lauren Cohen, Randolph B. Cohen and Christopher Malloy


In the summer of 2008, AQR Capital Management was considering the launch of a new hedge fund strategy. The proposed DELTA portfolio would offer investors exposure to a basket of nine major hedge fund strategies. The DELTA strategy would be innovative in two ways. First, in terms of its structure, AQR would implement these underlying strategies using a well-defined investment process, with the goal being to deliver exposure to a well-diversified portfolio of hedge fund strategies. Second, in terms of its fees, the new DELTA strategy would charge investors relatively lower fees: 1% management fees plus 10% of performance over a cash hurdle (or, alternatively, a management fee of 2% only). This fee structure was low relative to the industry, where 2% management fees plus 20% of performance, often with no hurdle, was standard.

Keywords: Investment Portfolio; Investment Funds; Financial Strategy; Financial Services Industry;


Bergstresser, Daniel, Lauren Cohen, Randolph B. Cohen, and Christopher Malloy. "AQR's DELTA Strategy." Harvard Business School Case 212-038, October 2011. (Revised March 2012.)