January 16, 2006

Hedge funds: Treading the Retail Road

Hedge funds are now reportedly opening up to the not-so-rich of Europe. In Germany, investors can buy into a hedge fund from Deutsche Bank for as little as EUR 124 (HK$1,163), while in the UK, individuals are able to avoid restrictions on such investing by buying shares of funds that track hedge funds. The standard reports:

"There is going to be a gradual acceptance of hedge funds by the retail investor," said Marc Denogent, a vice president at Hedge Fund Research's investment management arm in Zurich, which oversees about US$4 billion in funds of hedge funds. "The regulatory difference between hedge funds and traditional funds is diminishing too."

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