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Case Title:

Hedge Funds: A Risky Trade Off?

Publication Year :  2005

Authors: Souvik Dhar & Srinath Manda

Industry: Banking, Insurance and Financial Services


Case Code: FAC0023

Teaching Note:  Not Available

Structured Assignment:  Not Available

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With returns from investments in Hedge Funds (HFs) being much higher than returns from other investment products, investors were increasingly putting their money into HFs. Supporters of HFs were confident that the industry would continue to generate high returns and the investments in HFs were less risky. But critics of HFs argued that investments in HFs run a considerable risk because of the unregulated nature of the industry and the lack of transparency in the functioning of these funds.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the evolution of the HF industry, and the investment strategies adopted by HFs
  • To discuss whether the risk taken by investors in investing in HFs is worth its salt or not.

Keywords : Hedge Funds (HFs), Financial services, Van US Hedge Fund Index, Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index, Alfred Winslow Jones, Investment strategies of HF’s, Investment & Banking Case Study, Lack of transparency, Securities and Exchange Commission, SAC Capital Advisors, Long Term Capital Management Fund, Investments with high returns, HF industry, Specialised investment strategies, HF investment portfolio, Lack of regulatory framework

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