Like the banks, investors are having to get used to increased regulatory scrutiny and enhanced oversight. Most recently, the European Commission (EC) released its rules for alternative investment fund managers, which will require a large chunk of the sector to hold capital, cap leverage and disclose certain information to regulators.

Not fair, say some: the crisis wasn't caused by hedge funds, and the sector has been as much a victim of market volatility, a tightening of credit and a drying up of

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