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Hedge funds to hand back millions

Telegraph.co.uk – In the biggest-ever round of redemptions, funds around the world are braced to give back between 10pc and 50pc of their assets under management.

Hedge funds were faced with a slew of redemption notices at the start of the quarter, but investors were prepared not to withdraw their money if returns improved, according to one prime broker. He said many would now be forced to close.

None of the strategies used by hedge funds produced a positive return in September. According to the Dow Jones Hedge Fund Indexes , equity market-neutral funds, which often try to manage risk by shorting a stock in one sector and going long on one if its competitors, have fallen 1.85pc this month, while convertible arbitrage securities have dropped 7.96pc and distressed securities by 7.34pc. That compares with a 9pc decline by the FTSE 100. Hedge fund of funds, which are designed to spread risk, are expected to face the biggest redemptions.

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