DUBLIN - The retailization of hedge funds seems to be gaining momentum overseas, and international regulators are taking a cautious approach to the growing demand. But investment professionals in the U.S. are expressing little concern for, and no interest in, providing this product to the average investors.

Hedge funds were a hot topic for debate at the sixth annual Global Funds Conference sponsored by the Dublin Funds Industry Association (DFIA) and National Investment Company Service Association (NICSA) here, held in the historic Dublin Castle. Panelists were mixed on the sensibility of bringing hedge fund products to this class of investor throughout the world, despite the host country's recent introduction of a retail fund-of-hedge funds.

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