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Abstract

Hedge Funds have consistently grown in both size and influence. Traditionally, hedge funds escaped regulation because access was limited to the wealthy and sophisticated. However, due to inflation, the wealth threshold has become more attainable to less sophisticated investors. Also, an increasing number of pension funds and other institutional investors have begun to invest a significant portion of their money in hedge funds. This increased growth, combined with the "retailization" of the industry, has led to concern over whether investors are adequately protected from the corresponding growth in hedge fund fraud. This Note argues that, absent new legislation, the SEC cannot effectively protect investors, but it suggests that the creation of a self-regulatory organization for hedge funds might provide the best protection for these investors.

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