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Hedge funds

Hedge funds, I mean what are they? You read about on the news and in the papers all the time, and I’ve now got to write an assignment on them.

Met up with my mate in the pub, he is studying economics and explained it over a pint. Apparently, hedge funds can invest in anything around the world, stocks, fixed income (bonds), currencies, options, futures, exotic derivatives and other things. They are less regulated than other investments, making them more risky but potentially more rewarding. . They are made available only to certain investors and not the general public. Hedge funds seek positive absolute returns, so a positive return for the fund in both up and down markets.

Loads of people have invested in hedge funds and have made a mint. But, all still sounds a bit complicated to me. Examples of Hedge Funds: Markham Rae & Man.

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