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Why Some Investment Managers Fail to Preserve their Clients' Wealth

Many advisors on Wall Street, including many mutual fund managers, many hedge fund managers and many bank trust departments, fail at their primary task: preserving and/or growing their clients' capital.
 
Such managers may suffer from the" institutional imperative," or "group think." This is where the players in the market may be blinded by the raw emotion (bullish or bearish) of a given market's movement or trend and act accordingly with the will of the herd. 

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Hedge Funds: Four Reasons Why You Should Not Invest in Them

Stock market author John Reizner cites four reasons why investors should not invest in hedge funds: ranging from multiple levels of fees (benefiting the organizers) to the hedge fund failure rate.

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Hedge Funds, Derivatives, Debt, China and the Risk of Systemic Market Panic

It seems that with every significant market swoon, commentators come out of the woodwork on financial television and speak of the risk of systemic risk to the financial markets, more recently from hedge fund or complex derivative blow ups, or events from China. I think there is always the risk, however small, that such an event could occur and cause a large scale meltdown, and we would be foolhardy to say this would never happen.

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