Friday, December 5, 2008

Hedge fund cowboys "fell off their horses"

The infighting has begun. In a story on Reuters, Veritas Asset Management manager Ezra Sun blames his fellow fund managers for the "tremendous" reputational damage he sees the industry having sustained. Sun accuses hedge fund "cowboys" of not properly hedging, boosting returns through unwise borrowing, charging high fees, and locking up investors once the losses started piling up.

While accurate, Sun's critique further damages the industry. Rather than finger pointing at the very visible bad apples, we should reading about seasoned managers who are weathering the storm and earning their keep for preserving, if not enhancing, their clients' assets. Investors need to hear that the good managers are surviving and that the industry will emerge from the current crisis stronger and smarter.

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