Recruiters give their views on buy-side hiring for next year in the U.S.: What does 2018 have in store for hiring at hedge funds, long-only asset management shops and private equity firms? Doom and gloom, boom or somewhere in between? Recruiters give their views on buy-side hiring for next year in the U.S. Hedge funds will focus on hiring for production and revenue generating roles, such as portfolio managers and marketers. Most firms will not be looking to add “fixed-cost” employees because management fees have been compressed, according to Alexis DuFresne, director of the asset management practice at Whitney Partners.