Goldman CFO sees end to hedge fund redemption wave

Khaleej Times – Hedge fund assets may be on the rebound after a year of massive redemptions, Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Financial Officer David Viniar told analysts on Tuesday, although the prime brokerage business will remain under pressure.

“Assuming (hedge fund) performance stays OK — which it has been through the first half of this year — it feels like we are pretty much through the redemption cycle, and it actually looks like you are going to start to see some money flowing into hedge funds,” he said during a conference call.

The hedge fund business suffered record withdrawals at the end of 2008 as markets imploded, sending the industry’s assets under management down by about 40 percent.

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