Silva Venture Group Launches Mock Portfolio Competition to Recruit Hedge Fund Analysts

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Silva Venture Group launches a mock portfolio competition known as the Analyst's Arena to recruit prospective hedge fund analysts.

Silva Venture Group announces the launch of the Analyst's Arena (, a mock portfolio competition designed to recruit new hedge fund analysts. In the hedge fund world, fund analysts are responsible for producing critical analyses that fund managers use to make multi-million dollar decisions for the portfolio’s positions. With this level of responsibility, hiring the perfect fund analyst is crucial to the success of the fund. The problem that funds run into is in sifting through the thousands of resumes they receive to find the perfect fund analyst; the proverbial needle in the haystack. That is where Silva Venture Group ( got creative with their recruiting process.

“The idea for the Analyst’s Arena just made sense in the context of recruiting our fund analysts,” said Anthony Silva, fund manager for Silva Venture Group. “In baseball, when the majors are looking for talent, they go to colleges and watch players actually play. In the world of hedge funds, we can’t just go to another fund and watch how the fund analysts perform. So we had to get creative with our recruiting process. What we need is simple: fund analysts who can read the market and react in high-pressure environments. And although someone can place these keywords on their resume that will catch an HR manager’s eye, you can’t get an idea of their true potential unless you see them perform. The Analyst’s Arena allows prospective fund analysts to prove to us that they can perform.”

The Analyst’s Arena gives prospective fund analysts the chance to prove their potential with a mock portfolio. The rules are simple: you get $10,000,000 and 90 days to produce the biggest gain you possibly can. Participants can take long and short positions in U.S. equities (a fund strategy that matches Silva Venture Group’s). At the end of 90 days, a member of Silva Venture Group measures the performance of the portfolios and the portfolios with the biggest gains are invited to interview. The firm takes applications daily and applicants can enter as many portfolios as they want.

Silva Venture Group ( is a hedge fund located in San Diego, California. It is managed by Anthony Silva. Hedge funds are prohibited from disclosing particular information about the fund to the general public and can only release information to accredited investors.

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