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Hedge funds face struggle for survival

Globe and Mail – Black clouds have been building over the hedge fund industry for much of the year, and a storm could break in coming weeks as investors receive their second set of lousy monthly results from funds that are meant to do well in good markets and bad.

A series of challenges, some unrelated to the hedge funds’ investment strategies, have combined to create lower returns and investor redemptions.

Industry experts expect some funds will be forced to close down as clients walk away.

The single biggest problem is performance. The most recent update of Scotia Capital Inc.’s hedge fund index shows the average fund was down 8.6 per cent in July, compared to a 1.74-per-cent decline in the S&P/TSX equity benchmark. Since its inception in 2005, the Scotia Capital hedge fund index averaged a 13.9-per-cent annual gain.

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