Hedge Funds - Highly leveraged structures or flexible investment strategies?

Hedge funds have attracted investors'' attention due to some spectacular failures, but in fact they provide a low risk investment solution.

In times of financial uncertainty investors instinctively try to take refuge in safe financial solutions. As global markets increasingly tend to rise and fall in unison, investors seek new investment opportunities that provide the benefits of diversification without foregoing attractive returns. This search for alternatives to traditional investment vehicles has led to the phenomenal rise of Hedge Funds.

Over the last years, spectacular successes such as the multi-billion dollar Quantum Fund managed by George Soros, and even more spectacular failures such as Long Term Capital Management LTCM, have brought Hedge Funds to the attention of the general public. Despite the ups and downs in the industry, Hedge Funds have continuously claimed to have...

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