The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has Hedge Fund cases because they were touted as the panacea for bad markets. Hedge Fund managers claimed to offer diversification through investments that purportedly were not correlated with other asset classes (i.e., they go up when others go down and visa-versa). However, according to Attorney Pearce, in 2008-2009 many investors found out the hard way that was untrue when most investments became correlated and all suffered tremendous losses at the same time. Hedge Funds simply did not perform as hyped and fund managers hid important facts from investors. The common thread in Hedge Funds that has led to many cases is the lack of registration, lack of disclosure, and lack of regulatory oversight (although changes are belatedly underway) making them ripe for fraud and unsuitable investment recommendations.
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Hedge funds are similar to mutual funds in that they pool and invest investors’ money in an effort to earn a positive return. Many hedge funds seek to profit in all kinds of markets by using leverage, short-selling, and other speculative investment practices that are not typically used by mutual funds. Unlike mutual funds, hedge funds are not subject to some of the regulations that are designed to protect investors. Hedge funds are not required to follow any standard procedure when calculating performance, and they may invest in securities that are illiquid and difficult to value. On the other hand, federal securities laws specifically prescribe a mutual fund’s methodology for advertising and calculating current yield, tax-equivalent yield, average annual total return, and after-tax return. Any investor provided with performance data for a hedge fund, should verify whether it reflects cash or assets actually received by the fund as opposed to the manager’s estimate of the change in value of fund assets and whether the data includes deductions for fees.
Hedge fund investing can pose several risks for inexperienced and risk averse investors. One of the primary risks associated with hedge fund investing is management’s use of leverage. Hedge funds also invest in other non-conventional securities such as derivatives (options and futures), and they engage in short-selling strategies (selling a security it does not own), which can likewise increase the potential for major losses to its investors. In addition, hedge funds are able to suspend redemptions in certain scenarios, including in times of market distress or when their investments cannot be quickly or easily liquidated. Furthermore, hedge funds may charge investors a redemption fee before allowing them to cash in shares. Hedge funds may also invest in highly illiquid securities. Investors are encouraged to fully understand a hedge fund’s valuation process and know the extent to which a fund’s securities are valued by independent sources. Investors should also keep in mind that valuations of fund assets will affect the fees that the manager charges.
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