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JPMorgan’s future in hedge funds

FierceFinance – Not too long ago we were lamenting the trend by top investment banks to move into hedge funds and alternative investments in general. Buying hedge fund firms and launching them internally didn’t work out so well for Citigroup. It also wasn’t a home run for other firms, notably Bear Stearns. 

Has JPMorgan Chase found a way to buck the trend? It has announced it will buy the portion of Highbridge that it doesn’t already own, and has shut down its proprietary hedge fund and private equity businesses. As of now, it looks like the Highbridge gambit has paid off-and then some. It remains among the biggest of the hedge fund firms, and has tripled its assets under management since JPMorgan invested in December of 2004, reports TheStreet.com. My sense is that Highbridge is one of the mega fund firms that is really well positioned to steal market share.

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