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James Greiff

Can Hedge Funds Survive Bernanke?

Ben Bernanke is putting hedge-fund managers out of business.

You have to wonder how long an industry that underperforms the broader market will stay around.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. published a chart today comparing the performance of hedge funds that invest in equities with the major stock-market indexes. Based on Goldman's research, the average hedge fund is up just 5.4 percent so far this year. During the same period, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index has risen 15.4 percent, and the average mutual fund has gained 14.2 percent.