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Bennelong SGI to Start Hedge Fund to Invest in Global Equities

Bloomberg – Bennelong Funds Management, an Australian fund manager with A$400 million ($271 million), will start a second hedge fund to ride through the financial crisis as it seeks to more than double funds under management.

Melbourne-based Bennelong wants to boost the assets it oversees to A$1 billion in the next three years, Jarrod Brown, chief executive officer, said yesterday in an interview in Sydney. Bennelong teamed up with Security Global Investors LLC to offer a long-short global equities fund in coming weeks to follow a long-only global fund the two began this month, he said.

SGI will manage the global funds under the Bennelong SGI name to gain access to Australia’s A$1.2 trillion dollar pool of managed funds after the $1.36 trillion hedge fund-industry shrank by more than 20 percent last year, and averaged losses of about 19 percent, the worst year on record.

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