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Hedge-Fund Assets Set to Drop $192 Billion by March, UBS Says

Bloomberg – Hedge-fund assets will likely drop by about $192 billion this quarter after the industry posted record losses in 2008, according to estimates by UBS AG.

Global assets will likely fall to $1.215 trillion in the first quarter, said Timothy Bell, London-based head of hedge- funds advisory at UBS’s wealth management unit. Hedge-fund investors withdrew a record $152 billion in the fourth quarter, pushing industry assets to $1.407 trillion at the end of 2008, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc.

“That trend is going to keep going certainly till the end of this first quarter,” Bell told reporters in Singapore today. “Trust will be reestablished by mid-year, provided the hedge fund industry does what it’s meant to do; January was a shining example of the lack of correlation.”

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