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Canyon Partners - officially known as Canyon Capital Advisors LLC - is an investment management firm with about $21 billion in assets under management (AUM). It manages a total of 24 funds - or pooled investment vehicles - which include 19 hedge funds. The firm currently employs 50 advisors.

It's important to understand that hedge funds are often complex, loosely regulated investments and therefore accessible to accredited investors. If you're looking for trusted and comprehensive support in managing your own finances, consider speaking to a professional financial advisor.

Canyon Partners Background

Canyon Capital Advisors LLC is owned by Canyon Partners, LLC and has been registered with the SEC as an investment advisor since 1994. It is owned by family limited partnerships and/or trusts that are ultimately controlled by Joshua S. Friedman and Mitchell R. Julius, who are the principals. They lead Canyon and are responsible for the investment activities of the firm's clients, research strategy and managment.

Canyon Partners is based in Los Angeles, California with an office in New York City. In 2021 it announced that it chose Dallas, Texas for the location of its next corporate office. Other Canyon offices around the globe are located in London, Shanghai and Tokyo.

The firm's clients and fund investors include trusts, pension plans, corporations as well as public and private entities. Again, investors in the firm's funds should be what are known as accredited investors or qualified purchasers.

Canyon Partners Investment Philosophy

Canyon Partners seeks to find opportunities on behalf of its clients that realize value otherwise overlooked by others. It refers to itself as a "global value-oriented" alternative asset manager and uses a variety of strategies across a wide range of asset classes. The firm emphasizes fundamental anaylsis, which measures a stock's value based on specific metrics that affect it. Its "bottom-up" approach focuses on rigorous research of these metrics. 

The investment strategy offered at Canyon varies based on the fund you choose to invest in. Some of the strategies include:

  • Flagship: investing across industries and asset classes, targeting a wide universe of mispriced securities
  • Opportunistic and Closed-End: hybrid private equity style seeking to extract excess return premium
  • Real Estate: investing in commercial real estate debt and equity
  • River Canyon and CLOs: income-oriented credit strategies

Largest Hedge Funds Managed by Canyon Partners

Canyon Value Realization Master Fund, LP

  • AUM: $8,153,081,000
  • Minimum: $1 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 606

Canyon Value Realization Fund, LP

  • AUM: $3,865,994,000
  • Minimum: $1 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 459

Canyon Balanced Fund (Cayman), LP

  • AUM: $3,215,404,000
  • Minimum: $1 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 491

Canyon Distressed Opportunity Master Fund II, LP

  • AUM: $880,294,000
  • Minimum: $1 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 1,101


  • AUM: $793,172,000
  • Minimum: $1 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 2

Fees at Canyon Partners

Canyon Partners generally charges an asset-based management fee and/or a performance-based fee. The asset-based fees usually range from 1% and 2% per year. The performance-based fee is generally 20% per year of the net profit in an account, subject to a loss carryforward adjustment and a “high-water mark,” or all-time high.

Fees are charged by the firm to the fund, not to the clients directly. Canyon Partners may use sub-advisors to manage a small portion of a fund's assets. In turn, fund investors will pay their proportion of the share of the sub-advisors' management and administrative fees.

Similar other fees and expenses may apply - including but not limited to registration fees, maintenance fees, certain taxes and regulatory expenses - so it is imperative that potential clients review the fund's offering documents carefully and reach out about specific fees charged to their fund.

What to Watch Out For

Again, it's important to understand that hedge funds are often complex, loosely regulated investments and therefore accessible only to accredited investors, who, along with sophisticated investors, are allowed by the SEC to buy securities like these. These two groups of investors differ from retail investors or individual investors, who might be taking a more DIY approach or enlisting the services of a financial advisor

Within the past 10 years, Canyon Partners has not undergone any disciplinary or legal action deemed material to a client’s evaluation of its business integrity. That said, as an SEC-registered investment manager, the firm is legally obligated to uphold its fiduciary duty and work in clients’ best interests at all times. You can view its latest Form ADV on the official website of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

Becoming a Client of Canyon Partners

If you are an accredited investor and wish to become a client of Canyon Partners, you can visit its website or call (310) 272-1200.

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How Long $1mm Lasts in Retirement

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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