Thursday's Headlines: Cantor Fitzgerald plans to set up hedge fund

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Cantor Fitzgerald plans to turn itself into a full-service investment bank, and expects to acquire funds of funds and individual managers as it sets up a hedge fund business, Bloomberg reports.

The funds will likely be bought in the coming six months, while managers will likely be added in the next three years. Money for the expansion could come from investors in the next year, Bloomberg says.

"Cantor has expanded its equity, fixed-income and investment-banking businesses as larger rivals cut staff during the financial crisis. The firm sees a chance to enter the $2.04 trillion hedge-fund industry because of the difficulty money managers have in raising capital without institutional support," Bloomberg adds, quoting the firm's investment advisory head.

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