Infrastructure under pressure as hedge funds contract

The most recent research by Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research estimates that global hedge fund assets declined by $210 billion in Q3 of 2008, with investors withdrawing more than $40 billion in the month of October alone.

Bloomberg last month cited an estimate by Singapore-based Eurekahedge that global hedge fund assets dropped by a further $64 billion in November 2008.

Most research firms predict that the industry will continue to contract during the course of 2009, resulting in a heavily reduced

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