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Hedge Funds: 2008’s Winners and Losers

Seeking Alpha – Hedge funds often try to offset potential losses in the principal markets they invest in by hedging their investments using a wide variety of techniques. For this very reason, many of them rarely disclose any of their investment strategies because they do not want others to duplicate.

Hedge funds can invest in almost every investment instrument that exists as they are considered superior investment vehicles in down markets.

This is based on their ability to invest in options and short selling. The data, however, reveals that average returns vary widely across hedge funds and it shows, as the following table suggests, that using a broad range of strategies and techniques doesn’t necessarily guarantee absolute returns.

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