Archive - November 14, 2008

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How Do Hedge Funds Fail so Spectacularly?
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Protection for Bank Accounts, Brokerage Firms, Annuities and Insurance Policies: A Summary

How Do Hedge Funds Fail so Spectacularly?

Yesterday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hauled in a gaggle of hedge fund managers to grill them about, among other things, why they should receive such favorable tax treatment. If I were a congressman, the question I’d have liked to have asked this crowd is, “Why is it so often the case that when hedge funds fail, they don’t merely fail, they implode, like dying stars?” This failure mode seems especially inappropriate for an investment class that’s often touted as a way to make money in both good times and bad.

I can’t possibly discuss all the …

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Protection for Bank Accounts, Brokerage Firms, Annuities and Insurance Policies: A Summary

I’ve written several posts on the asset protection limits available to consumers who have invested in a variety of financial assets. With all the changes and adjustments that have taken place in the last few months in the financial landscape, I thought it might be helpful to provide a single article summarizing the insurance /protections currently available to investors.

Some protections are temporary for now, while others appear to be permanent.  I expect there will be future modifications of federal protections if there are changes in the condition of the financial markets, for good or ill.

Money Market Accounts
The …

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