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Roy C. Smith, Ingo Walter, and Gayle DeLong

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335934.001.0001

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Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Alternative Investment Vehicles

Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Alternative Investment Vehicles

(p.227) Chapter 10 Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Alternative Investment Vehicles
Global Banking

Roy C. Smith

Ingo Walter

Gayle Delong

Oxford University Press

Hedge funds, private equity investments, and other forms of alternative investments that offer the possibility of enhanced portfolio returns on a risk-adjusted basis have been available to sophisticated investors and institutions for many years. In the early 2000s, trillions of dollars of new investment funds that flowed into alternative investments and contributed to the bubbles of the 2004–2007 markets suffered proportionately when the bubble burst. Banks were attracted to and participated in the surge in alternative investments in many ways, as lenders, agents, and as principal investors in funds distributed to clients. The multiple exposures of banks to mortgage-backed and nonmortgage asset-backed securities, and to hedge funds and private equity funds caused them a high degree of distress, forced writedowns of assets, and compelled banks to raise additional capital. Consequently, many banks that were once active in alternative asset investments became much less so as the industry deleveraged and lost momentum. By 2010, only a few banks were still active as major players in this industry.

Keywords:   bubbles, hedge funds, private equity funds

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