Wild markets bring turmoil to hedge funds

Boston Globe – Hedge funds usually thrive when markets turn volatile. But even these fast-money investors are struggling to cope with the wild swings in the markets, raising concern that some may not survive.

Even before the Bush administration proposed its vast bailout for financial institutions, the hedge funds – those secretive, sometimes volatile investment vehicles for the rich – were on course for their worst year on record. The average fund is down nearly 5 percent so far this year.

One major hedge fund investor said he had started to buy Morgan Stanley at $23 on Wednesday, convinced the rumors of Morgan Stanley’s demise were unfounded. But as the stock began to plummet, he canceled his trade and watched with amazement as the stock sank to a low of $12 on Thursday.

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