how much money can one person manage? maybe someone here can reword this question. im not just talking about 1 trader with "endless" buying power, but the question is sobering for anyone thinking of ever getting a job as an equity analyst. i was thinking about the industry and recent trends in downsizing and its obvious that an efficient bank/ hedge fund doesn't need hundreds of trader/ analysts. is there any type of metric that says.. for ever $100m under management you need 1 trader/ assistant? it seems to me that a $10B hedge fund like John Paulson's Advantage Plus only really needs a team of 4-5 trader/analysts to allocated positions. Sure the back office, compliance, sales.. will be add a few jobs in there but the real bonus pool is getting concentrated into fewer and fewer hands.