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Money managers under the microscope

An unpleasant prospect

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rtxd578There’s no shortage of ill will towards bankers at the moment.

But some executives in the private equity and hedge funds industries feel they are getting beaten with the same stick by politicians and the public, despite feeling relatively blameless in this crisis.

BC Partners managing partner Andrew Newington, speaking at the Reuters Hedge Fund & Private Equity Summit in London today, explained.

“There is clearly no political goodwill towards financial services in general and everyone within financial services is being lumped into the same bucket,” he said.

“So whether you’re an investment bank, whether you’re Fred Goodwin, whether you’re a private equity firm or hedge fund, it doesn’t matter, you appear on a placard at Canary Wharf with a noose around your neck, which isn’t a very pleasant prospect.”

$3 trillion of hedge fund talent? “Absolute nonsense!”

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The once-booming hedge fund industry has shrunk rapidly over the past 9 months to roughly $1-$1.4 trillion, as investors have pulled out their cash following some pretty lacklustre returns.

kfd05However, according to Mark Kary, chief executive of Polar Capital, the industry never really deserved to have grown to the best part of $3 trillion in the first place.

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