Hedge funds that invest in the commodity market can be unstable and Red Kite Management is the latest example, according to the Wall Street Journal.The $1 billion metals-trading hedge fund has suffered loses thus far in 2007, after racking up gains last year. London-based Red Kite has now requested its investors give more notice when they withdraw from the fund.

The company asked investors to approve an amendment that would require 45 days’ notice before money can be withdrawn, according to a copy of the Jan. 31 letter from the firm. Currently, investors can redeem money at the end of each quarter with 15 days notice.

Hedge funds will extend redemption-notice periods if they’re expecting large investor withdrawals. The advance notice gives the fund more time to sell positions and return investors’ money in an orderly fashion.

As of Jan. 24, the hedge fund was down 20% for the year, according to an unofficial estimate that the fund provided to one investor. That is quite a difference from gains of more than 190% for at least one of the firm’s hedge funds last year betting on various metals.

The staff of Money Management Executive ("MME") has prepared these capsule summaries based on reports published by the news sources to which they are attributed. Those news sources are not associated with MME, and have not prepared, sponsored, endorsed, or approved these summaries.

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