Fear of fraud: warning signs to help avoid it

due diligence

Most advisors and investors agree that fraud constitutes their primary concern in hedge fund manager selection. Identifying signs that warn of a manager's propensity to commit fraud, therefore, is a difficult but critical art.

Whereas red flags - criminal records, bankruptcies or a history of fraud - trigger stay-away alarms, certain yellow flags are more subtle but just as important to consider.

omission and commission

Résumés and biographies are, at times, rife with errors of omission. To omit

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