Hedge funds have taken the blame for much of today's market meltdown. Their power in the market makes them a systemic investing force, while the range of their investments makes them hard to understand and monitor. Instances of recently discovered fraud have been used to attack the whole sector, and prompt calls for tighter regulation.
The blacklist of hedge funds where fraud has been proven or alleged includes names such as Madoff, Weavering and Bayou. And this list is lengthening at the rate