Asian funds wrestle extreme volatility in August

Tue Aug 16, 2011



Benjamin Williams
Extreme market volatility so far this month is posing a key question for investors: Could this be another 'black swan' movement for the hedge fund industry?

As fear gripped the market last week, hedge fund managers could not help but ask themselves whether they were witnessing a horrific replay of the 2008 meltdown that shook the industry to the very core - and ushered in an increasingly fettered landscape where regulators are now resolved to keep much closer tabs on the industry.

In Asia, the fear grew more palpable as problems gripping the United States and European markets seemed on the verge of morphing into a global contagion that could crush the gung-ho confidence that had so far - this time around - insulated Asian markets.

Last week, stock markets around the world resumed their free fall as fears mounted on the implications of the downgrade of the United States government long...

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