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Industry Outlook

The hedge fund industry has faced many challenges since the Great Recession of 2008–09. Many hedge funds were liquidated, and many surviving funds provided anemic financial returns to investors. In recent years, the industry has bounced between strong and weak annual performances. Experts believe the strong financial returns enjoyed by investors in the late 1990s may never be achieved again because of growing demand for greater transparency and institutional quality policies and procedures from potential institutional investors (e.g., endowment funds, pension funds, and insurance firms). If the pendulum continues to swing back toward more regulation, it will also become harder to launch and manage a hedge fund.

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