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Animation: How Hedge Funds Affect Capital Markets

In this original animation, Yale SOM Professor William Goetzmann explains the importance of hedge funds in capital markets.

Narration: Will Goetzmann, Animation: Greg MacDonald (2016) 

“No single definition of hedge funds encompasses the vast variety of investment firms that are grouped under this category. Perhaps the defining similarity among the funds is that they all seek to exploit inefficiencies in the financial market by betting against over-valued securities and/or purchasing under-valued securities. From a social welfare perspective, hedge funds, as a category, help the market become more efficient by correcting valuations and forcing returns to come into alignment with risks.”