Even though investment bank Bear Stearns
While the impact to the investors in these funds is obvious, the direct effect on Bear Stearns could be less straightforward. A couple of weeks ago, the firm pledged as much as $3.2 billion to the High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Fund, and though it only ended up giving the fund half that amount, taking a loss like that could certainly put a dent in Bear's future results. The effect it could have on Bear's ability to attract investors to future funds could be equally painful, if not worse.
The financial services sector has been under pressure lately, but Bear has taken a bigger hit than average -- it's now down 18% since the beginning of the year. At this point, it looks like Bear may have a raft of investor lawsuits to look forward to.
Though it's probably an uphill battle for investors on the legal front, an army of lawyers going after Bear is sure to keep the firm's transgressions fresh in the minds of investors. This will weigh most on Bear, but could also have investors in competitors like Goldman Sachs
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