U.S. hedge funds bleeding, one gone

SF Gate – There probably won’t be many tears for Larkspur’s Copper River Management LLC. The $1 billion hedge fund’s partiality to short selling earned it obloquy, lawsuits and, ultimately, death.

No trace of company personnel could be found for comment Wednesday, after the Wall Street Journal reported that the fund is "liquidating and returning funds to investors." The only sign of life was a forlorn logo on the company’s Web site. The cause of demise? Some observers predicted it after the company, formerly known as Rocker Partners, got caught on the wrong side of derivative trades with the going-bankrupt Lehman Bros. Others pronounced the patient terminal when the feds banned short selling of financial stocks in September.

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