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Despite routine Mainstream Media (MSM) coverage focusing on seemingly below-market returns and the increasing rate of fund closures, the total AUM for the hedge fund industry has now increased for nine consecutive years.

Mainstream Media (Really) Doesn't Understand Hedge Funds - hdg fund1

While fund closures are a mere consequence of the Darwinian nature of the business, investors continue to allocate funds to the investment vehicle, often viewing it as a separate asset class, due to a superior risk-return profile and low correlation with traditional asset classes.

Mainstream Media (Really) Doesn't Understand Hedge Funds - hdg fund2