M&A And Hedge Fund News

According to figures released from Thomson Financial, the M&A market might just be slowly starting to recover.

The first week in October saw $23.4bn of M&A activity - around 30% of the whole of September's deal total. Having said that, September was a poor month for M&A. In fact, the $78.8bn of deals done last month was a 20-month low.

And just as some of the big firms are said to be following JP Morgan and getting into the hedge fund business, many funds themselves are having a hard time. Falling markets have meant that it is more difficult to pull in big returns - especially if you are serious about risk.

From around 2,080 hedge funds in 1995, there were 7,000 trading at the start of this year. And the assets under management by the hedge fund industry have risen from $76bn to $795bn in the same period.

Although hedge funds are finding life a tad difficult at present, expect the industry to come into the investment mainstream before too long. And more and more investment banks will come sniffing around for a part of the action.

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