A record 344 hedge funds were liquidated in the third quarter, according to data from Hedge Fund Research.

The previous record of 267 liquidations occurred in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to data released this month by the Chicago company.

An aggregate 693 funds were liquidated in the first three quarters of this year, or 6.9% of the industry, an increase of more than 70% from the year earlier, when 409 funds had been liquidated.

Hedge fund start-ups totaled 117 in the third quarter, bringing the total for the year to 603.

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