Rated Hedge Funds To Rise Again

Oct 29 2008 | 12:32pm ET

The hedge fund industry is currently undergoing a cleansing ritual and industry observers are bracing for leaner times ahead. But one group of hedge funds is reportedly positioned for risk-adjusted outperformance and an eventual return to growth.

According to a new report by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, rated hedge funds have been generally more prudent with their leverage, a factor its analysts believe has been instrumental in their survival.

“Ultimately, a hedge fund's endurance will depend on its ability to once again deliver the stellar, non-correlated returns they've been known to produce, along with increased transparency,” said S&P credit analyst Chris Cary.

“Those measures, in our view, could help to restore investor confidence and willingness to stay the course, especially if investors gain greater insight into strategies or more access to managers.”

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