"The hedge fund industry is very bad for the stock market. Hedge funds are doom for the small investor. They can often be detrimental for large investors who are out of the hedge-fund-loop. One large hedge fund, or a conspiracy of hedge funds, can sway the market -- usually lower -- if they decide to pull the plug.
-- John C., California
"Hedge Funds are great for the markets as their action increase market volatility. Ultimately increased trading activity drives stock prices higher. It's also important to leave hedge funds vastly unregulated…”
-- Dietmar S., Nevada
"Any industry that consists of individuals looking to make ridiculous fortunes and is essentially unregulated attracts more than its share of con artists who seek to profit not from their talent but from their ability to "manipulate" the system. This ultimately leads to fraud and failure. Although only a minority of hedge funds may suffer these failures, the consequences for the stock market and the financial community will be severe, prompting many in the industry to try to persuade the politicians they support with campaign contributions to have the public pay for a bailout."
-- Jeff F., Boston
"Being a investor for 15 yrs, my experience is these Hedge Funds manipulate and can control direction of securities I've invested in, for their personal gain. I can remember these fund Mgrs. downgrading one day and upgrading the next. The over all affect on an investor like myself can be devastating. I truly believe more Americans would be invested in our market today, making it a stronger Market. Instead due to the Volatility these hedge funds have caused, they have scared away and taken America’s small time investor’s money who are the backbone of this market place. Hedge funds can be good if they are regulated properly."
-- Randy W., California
"If not properly regulated Hedge Funds could create trouble within the marketplace down the road. Already there's talk of a financial bubble developing, and hedge funds could create problems within the markets they're part of."
-- Chuck H., Mississippi
"Hedge funds are dangerous to the market and are run by gangsters in suits. They play fast and loose with others money while seeking every opportunity they have to cheat and manipulate the underpinnings of our markets."