Merrill Lynch: 20% Of Hedge Funds Could Be Doomed

Sep 21 2010 | 9:37am ET

Consolidation isn’t the only force likely to shrink the hedge fund industry, according to a new report.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicts that as many as one in five hedge funds could be liquidated by next year. The culprit? A brutal fundraising environment in which investors increasingly prefer larger hedge fund managers.

“Going into the year-end, there will be significant closures and we estimate it could be as high as 20%,” the firm’s Justin Fredericks told Bloomberg News. “A large portion of managers are still below high-water marks. Performance is flat and money hasn’t been flowing to smaller managers.”

Hedge fund managers running less than $100 million are the most likely to be affected by the hedgicide, Fredericks, Merrill’s head of U.S. capital introductions said.

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