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Hedge fund “cowboys” damaging industry

Reuters UK - Hedge funds are suffering "tremendous" reputational damage because promises to make money whichever way markets move have not been fulfilled, although in the long run the industry will benefit from the shake-out, Veritas Asset Asset Management manager Ezra Sun said.

Hedge fund "cowboys" boosting returns with lots of borrowing rather than smart strategies were the main culprits for the reputational damage, with investors blaming them for charging high fees and blocking them from withdrawing their money, he said.

"The market in the past few years has been rewarding people who’ve been running basically leveraged long-only funds," Sun told Reuters in an interview.

 

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