Table: The Hedge Fund Hitch

What could trip up hedge fund investors

-- Record inflows are chasing too few funds, straining the performance of existing managers.

-- The industry suffers from a dearth of talent. Increased demand from investors and financial institutions is luring inexperienced entrants into hedge fund management.

-- Some strategies are becoming less effective. Heightened demand for financial instruments used by hedge funds has narrowed spreads and diminished their profits.

-- Traditionally secretive, hedge funds face big pressure by regulators and investors for more disclosure.

Data: BusinessWeek

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