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Man Group shares fall sharply on reduced fund values

The hedge fund sector has been at the centre of many discussions over the last couple of weeks with some experts feeling that there may be substantial problems in the sector over the short term. These concerns seem to have been borne out by the collapse in the share price of the world's largest quoted hedge fund, Man Group, which saw the value of funds under investment fall by over 10% in September alone.

While hedge funds are often perceived to be amongst the most risky investments in the market this is not always the case and they can be used to hedge or insure certain positions. However, the fall in the value of funds under management and increased levels of withdrawal from shareholders is of concern and is likely to have been replicated throughout the industry. These funds are directly linked to the performance of worldwide stock markets which have been very volatile and very depressed of late.

It has been reported that Man Group has been part liquidating some of the more risky hedge funds under management and increasing the percentage of cash or near cash investments. The performance of hedge funds can be volatile to say the least and professional advice should always be taken before considering an investment.

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