Force of credit crunch made plain as 170 hedge funds crash in three months

Times Online- Hedge funds are continuing to feel the full force of the credit crunch, with 170 funds forced into liquidation during the first quarter, a Chicago research firm reported yesterday.

The bleak figures published by Hedge Fund Research (HFR) also showed that fewer funds were launched over the three-month period than at any time since 2000.

Publication of the report came as speculation was mounting that several London hedge funds are sitting on heavy losses after being caught on the wrong side of a sharp change in sentiment about future interest rates in the past fortnight.

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