Jefferies Scales Back Hedge Fund Seeding

Jan 24 2008 | 8:30am ET

New York-based investment bank Jefferies Group is slashing its hedge fund investments after its asset management business posted losses in the third and fourth quarters.

The firm has cut its hedge fund seeding program by almost 20%, it said on a conference call. Jefferies had invested $391 million in hedge funds at the end of last year, but has since reduced that by $77 million.

“We are committed to our U.S. hedge fund seeding program, but are mindful of volatile conditions and focused on preserving capital,” Brian Friedman, chairman of the firm’s executive committee, said. “We may further reduce our commitment if performance is disappointing but will support those that succeed.”

Jefferies posted a $24.1 million loss in the fourth quarter, $6 million of which was attributed to its asset management business.


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