Record inflows for Hedge funds even as markets collapse

Investors are flocking to hedge funds once again, causing record inflows. This time, old school hedgies, the ones which aim to decouple from markets, are the favored ones.

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During the summer, hedge funds were back on their heels. Some big names closed down, others were startled by sudden losses and some investors questioned whether juicy opportunities were a thing of the past.

Now, with notable exceptions, hedge funds are storming back — and pulling in more money than ever from investors.

Leading in market performance are old-school stock pickers, some of whom anticipated the subprime-mortgage mess and have won bets they made against financial companies and lower-rated slices of debt. Unsettled markets also have helped hedge funds. That is because many of them buy certain shares while wagering against others. Some hedgies also are scoring from big moves in oil, gold, currencies and emerging markets.

For the year, inflows have reached record levels. The growth is giving hedge funds more clout to put pressure on companies around the globe and influence trading in various markets.

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