TrimTabs: Hedge Fund Redemption Cycle Just Beginning by: Matt Stichnoth October 17, 2008 Investors pulled $43 billion out of hedge funds in September, in what could be the start of a âdeath march,â the FT reports: The data from TrimTabs Investment Research - which was to be sent to clients late yesterday - come as hedge funds are working to prevent far bigger redemptions by the end of the year, when many funds give investors a chance to take out money. Withdrawals can lead to a vicious circle in the markets, as funds sell holdings to return money to clients, depressing prices and prompting further redemptions. A fundraiser for a major hedge fund said the period "between now and December 1 is a sort of death march" for the industry. . . Conrad Gunn, chief operating officer of TrimTabs, said the $43bn in September withdrawals would mark "the beginning of what we expect to be a series of outflows for the remainder of the year. We expect October outflows to be larger". [Emph. added] Bonus confidence-booster!: The FT also notes an estimate by J.P. Morgan that, because of hedge fundsâ leverage, every $150 in redemptions translates into $400 worth of portfolio liquidation. December 1 canât come fast enough.