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Recession winners: historians and hedge funds

Sydney Morning Herald – Hedge funds over bankers. If Lehman Brothers had a dollar for every time someone warned that hedge funds would bring the financial system to its knees, the bank wouldn’t have gone bust. While hedge funds took plenty of criticism, and are still facing calls or more regulation, the simple fact remains that they didn’t blow up the way many predicted.

It was the mainstream banks that caused the crisis. That will influence regulators and investors for many years. Whatever people say now, it’s the banks that will face more scrutiny, not hedge funds. The result? The lightly regulated, cash-rich hedge funds will grow in importance, while the tightly controlled, capital- constrained banks stagnate.

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