Hedge Funds and the Financial Crisis
Mercatus on Policy, No. 24, Jan. 2009
5 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2010
Date Written: January 2009
The performance of hedge funds during the financial crisis suggests that wide-ranging financial regulation is not always necessary to advance investor protection and financial stability. While 2008 was a year of record hedge fund losses and investor withdrawals that came about in part because many hedge fund managers failed to adequately respond to the financial crisis, the hedge fund industry significantly outperformed the heavily regulated mutual fund sector and, unlike the banking industry, was never in jeopardy of collapsing. Hedge funds did not cause or meaningfully exacerbate the financial crisis and in fact have reduced its impact and are helping the economy to recover.
Keywords: hedge funds, financial crisis, systemic risk
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