Investors Lose Appetite For Risk In Midst Of Geopolitical Uncertainly

Jul 22 2006 | 1:48am ET

The crisis in the Middle East has caused a world-wide reduction in investors' risk appetite, according to Justin Dew, senior hedge fund strategist at Standard& Poor's. "It was obvious in May but it has accelerated recently," Dew said, referring to the decline in emerging markets currencies during that month. He added that the risk reduction is happing more in the long-only space, rather than with hedge funds. "Oil prices are a strong factor in a lot of different decisions hedge funds are making," said Dew, adding that managers are attempting to be long-oil in the face of the uncertainly in the Middle East.

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