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FM: Market round-up

And the latest hedge fund manager is... ...former SEC chairman and corporate governance honcho Richard Breeden. Breeden headed the SEC from 1989 to 1993 and acted as corporate monitor of WorldCom and, more recently, KPMG. Unsurprisingly, given his experience, Breeden is launching an event-driven activist fund, profiting from companies that improve their corporate governance. The fund is being launched next January and Breeden hopes to raise between $500 million and $1 billion.

Hedge fund closure expectations:

  •  24% of European hedge funds with less than $100 million are expected to close next year according to research group, Celent.

  •  18% of European hedge funds with between $100 million and $1 billion are expected to close next year.

  •  9% of European hedge funds with more than $1 billion are expected to close next year.

The month in numbers:

48.8 trillion: total assets in dollars managed by the world's top 500 fund managers at the end of 2004, up 13% on 2003, according to Watson Wyatt.

60 billion: estimated number of dollars-worth of insurance claims resulting from Hurricane Katrina.

7 million: number of dollar millionaires worldwide at the end of 2004, according to Boston Consulting Group.

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