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Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors, also known as Blackstone Credit, is a massive hedge fund branch of The Blackstone Group, one of the largest financial institutions in the country. Previously known as GSO Capital Partners, Blackstone Credit manages $57 billion in client assets across 120 pooled investment vehicles, also known as funds. At 188 strong, the firm's team of financial professionals is on the larger side. This firm is based out of an office on Park Avenue in New York City.

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Blackstone Credit Background

Blackstone Credit was founded in 2005 under the name of its predecessor firm, GSO Capital Partners. Shortly after, in 2008, Blackstone acquired a controlling stake in the business. The Blackstone Group is still the parent company of Blackstone Credit, which assumed its current name in 2020 as the firm rebranded away from GSO Capital Partners.

The Blackstone Group is a large, multi-national investment corporation with many different business arms. In addition to hedge fund solutions, the firm also works with separately managed accounts and provides other investment services.

Blackstone Credit Investment Philosophy

Blackstone Credit manages many funds. through which it invests in a wide array of markets and securities. According to its Form ADV, the firm typically deals with investments in first and second lien loans, high-yield bonds, distressed and other securities, public equity, private equity and derivatives. While it doesn't usually tailor its investment strategies based on client objectives, it may do so in certain scenarios.

When it comes to evaluating potential investments, Blackstone Credit seeks to do as much due diligence as possible. It uses a variety of both proprietary and non-proprietary research models and analysis methods. It also uses both internal and external research resources. The firm utilizes bottom-up analysis to identify both long- and short-term opportunities in the market, depending on its particular investment goal at any one time.

Largest Hedge Funds Managed by Blackstone Credit

GSO Capital Opportunities Fund III LP

  • AUM: $6,915,313,829
  • Minimum: $10,000,000
  • Beneficial Owners: 158

GSO Capital Solutions Fund III LP

  • AUM: $5,356,384,523
  • Minimum: $10,000,000
  • Beneficial Owners: 143

GSO European Senior Debt Fund II EEA SCSP

  • AUM: $3,705,288,128
  • Minimum: $10,000,000
  • Beneficial Owners: 87

GSO Energy Select Opportunities Fund II LP

  • AUM: $3,588,460,273
  • Minimum: $10,000,000
  • Beneficial Owners: 100

GSO European Senior Debt Fund LP

  • AUM: $2,484,386,612
  • Minimum: $7,000,000
  • Beneficial Owners: 61

Fees at Blackstone Credit

As is the case with most hedge funds, Blackstone Credit takes both management fees and performance fees from its funds. Management fees at Blackstone vary based on the specific fund, but typically sit at up to 2% of the fund's net assets annually. These fees are usually paid quarterly or monthly.

Performance fees function slightly differently. Blackstone Credit charges a performance fee of up to 20% of the net profits of any fund on an annual basis. Unlike management fees, performance fees are typically debited on an annual basis. Since Blackstone doesn't provide specific fee schedules, you'll need to reach out to the firm for more information on particular fees for any one of its funds.

What to Watch Out For

There are no legal or regulatory disclosures present on Blackstone Credit's SEC-filed Form ADV.

Only accredited investors can invest in hedge funds. If you want to be considered "accredited," you must have at least $200,000 of earned income ($300,000 for couples) over the course of the past two years, along with a reasonable assumption that that trend will continue for the current year. You can also become an accredited investor if you have at least a $1 million net worth, minus the value of your primary residence. This can be either on your own or together with a spouse.

Becoming a Client of Blackstone Credit

Remember that only accredited investors can work with a hedge fund manager like Blackstone Credit. If that describes you, you can reach out to Blackstone directly by visiting the firm's website, calling (212) 503-2100 or sending an email.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.

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How Long $1mm Lasts in Retirement

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights places where $1 million will last the longest in retirement. Zoom between states and the national map to see the top spots in each region. Also, scroll over any city to learn about the cost of living in retirement for that location.

Rank City Housing Expenses Food Expenses Healthcare Expenses Utilities Expenses Transportation Expenses

Methodology We analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns to determine how many years of retirement a $1 million nest egg would cover in cities across America.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors. We then applied cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research to adjust those national average spending levels based on the costs of each expense category (housing, food, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other) in each city. Using this data, SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%. Then, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would cover retirement expenses in each of the cities in our study. Cities where $1 million lasted the longest ranked the highest in the study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research