In Lieu of Bailout, a New Strategy

Atlanta Journal Constitution – Unlike the nation’s banks, hedge funds haven’t been lining up for government bailouts in the wake of losses they can’t handle. But the funds do share one Wall Street problem: a huge mismatch between the short-term funds they take in and the long-term bets they make. Without a rethink of their business models, many in the hedge fund business risk going the way of the investment banking dodo.

Recall the nightmare on Wall Street. Going into 2008, America’s five big investment banks held trillions of dollars in long-term and illiquid assets that were financed largely by short-term borrowings. That did not work out so well. Two of them disappeared. Another was swallowed by a traditional bank, and the last two had to don the sober garb of regulated, deposit-taking banks to survive.

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