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India-focused hedge funds lost 46% in ’08

Times of India – Often-touted as manipulative, hedge funds have been time and again blamed for indiscriminate selling and thereby pulling down the domestic stock prices even in India. But India-focused hedge funds have also been affected by the meltdown.

The big and secretive India-focused funds have booked losses to the tune of 46% in 2008 — in the process effectively wiping out the 50% returns clocked by the posted by them in 2007. Hedge funds have an aggressively managed portfolio of investments which use advanced investment strategies such as leverage, long, short and derivative positions in both domestic and international markets with the goal of generating high returns.

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