What is a Hedge Fund? Corvin Codirla, ex-hedge fund manager and independent traders comments. Do hedge get to have the best traders? What does a typical hedge fund manager earn? A hedge fund is a collected pool of money that is allowed to invest in instruments not usually accessible to normal individual with a low net-worth. So most retail traders will know about stocks and futures and maybe forex exchange – then you have slightly more complicated instruments like options but you can also go to the interbank realm of swaps and bond options and bond themselves – things that you either need a lot of capital or you need specialised techniques or connections to be able to trade. Pension funds which also manage people’s money are normally restricted to what instruments they can trade but hedge funds don’t have such limitations.