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Short-sellers back in the money for now

For better or worse, hedge fund returns have a tendency to follow markets, in part because most long-short funds are net long most of the time.

rtxak52So after a huge rebound in the stockmarket this year, which has helped hedge funds make up some much-needed ground, October proved a difficult month when the market fell in the second half of the month.

After all 2009's growing optimism, investors were suddenly concerned that a withdrawal of government stimulus would harm an economic recovery in its early stages.

So, after a bumper 2008 and a miserable 2009 for short-sellers, it was they who leaped to the fore again in October - dedicated short bias returned 1.61 percent, while long-bias funds lost 0.38 percent and long-short funds were flat.