http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a8NuCSlNzl00&refer=home Goldman Sachs Flagship Hedge Fund Falls 11.6 Percent (Update1) By Katherine Burton Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s $10 billion flagship hedge fund dropped 11.6 percent this year through the end of November, extending earlier losses as its managers misjudged the direction of global stock and currency markets, according to two investors. Goldman's Global Alpha Fund lost money partly on wrong-way bets that equities in Japan would rise, stocks in the rest of Asia and the U.S. would fall and the dollar would strengthen, the investors said. In August, the fund lost almost 10 percent on unprofitable investments in global bond markets. New York-based Goldman is the world's largest hedge fund manager, with $29.5 billion in assets. Global Alpha, managed by Mark Carhart and Raymond Iwanowski, both 40, is designed to make big, risky wagers, which can produce large returns as well as heavy losses. Other so-called macro funds that bet on global stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities are up an average of about 7 percent this year through November, according to Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research Inc. Last year, Global Alpha returned almost 40 percent, said the investors, who declined to be identified.