Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Big Dangerous Bet... good warning from The Economist

WHEN an opaque investment fund that does no hedging (in other words, it takes no positions designed to offset other bets) calls itself a hedge fund, charges the sky-high fees of a typical hedge fund and has wannabe customers banging on its door, it is time to ask: what is going on? The rise of hedge funds is not new. But the funds continue to grow strongly, attracting billions in new money and piquing the interest of investors who, until recently, would never have considered them. Among the new customers are some of America's biggest public pension funds, whose beneficiaries almost certainly have no idea that some of their savings are about to be poured into such murky investments.

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