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Yet another shoe(s) has dropped, as several large hedge funds imploded, leading to global bourses being pressured overnight.

According to the Times of London, several hedge funds with assets of more than $4 billion (£2 billion) were on the brink of collapse Wednesday night or had halted withdrawals, despite moves by the US Federal Reserve this week to ease America’s deteriorating credit crisis with a $200 billion collateral lending facility.

Note that the British Financial Press has had a much better handle on the credit/derivative situation than have much of the American press. I'm not sure if it's the distance, or perhaps a greater degree of objectivity. My own pet theory is that overseas editors are less impacted by the various scolds who work the refs, i.e., complain the the media is too pessimistic...

Global markets dropped on the news. The FTSE 100 was down almost 2%, while the XETRA-DAX and the CAC40 each lost more than 2.25%. Asia markets were down even more, as the HANG SENG dropped -4.79%, and Japan's NIKKEI 225 fell 3.33%

Dow Futures were off 150 points as of this writing, with Nasdaq off 23 and SPX futures lower by 15.

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Sources:
Hedge funds on the brink as US Federal Reserve cash fails to ease crisis
The Times, March 13, 2008
Suzy Jagger

Despite the Federal Reserve's efforts Wall Street fears a big US bank is in trouble
Siobhan Kennedy and Suzy Jagger
The Times, March 13, 2008

Carlyle Capital Nears Collapse
PETER LATTMAN
WSJ, March 13, 2008; Page C2

In Dealing With Bear Stearns, Wall Street Plays Guardedly
KATE KELLY, SERENA NG and JENNY STRASBURG
WSJ, March 13, 2008; Page C1

Dow Retreats As Doubts Rise Over Fed's Move
LIZ RAPPAPORT and PETER A. MCKAY
WSJ, March 13, 2008; Page C1

Source: Futures Down Triple Digits on Hedge Fund Collapse