A total of 33 new hedge funds have been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the past 12 months. Eight new hedge funds have been registered so far this year, including new offerings from J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch, both of New York.

While some advisors have yet to formally launch their registered hedge fund, others are getting comfortable with the unique product they have brought to market. Overall, both large and well-known advisors, as well as small and relatively unknown sponsors, are intent on offering an appealing investment strategy, formulating a sound plan for distribution, and finding a comfortable niche they can occupy in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

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