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Goldman Offers Hedge Funds to the 99%

Private equity giants Blackstone Group (BX - Get Report), Carlyle Group (CG) and KKR (KKR - Get Report) have recently announced the intent to bring their investing approach to retirement accounts, albeit with higher minimum investments.

Goldman's alternative investment mutual fund also comes as the bank pares its own investment in private equity and hedge funds to comply with post-financial crisis regulations.

For instance, the Volcker Rule, a crucial piece of the 2010 Dodd Frank Act, significantly limits the amount of capital the firm can put into private equity and hedge funds.

In the first quarter, Goldman significantly beat earnings estimates on $1 billion in private equity investment gains and another $1 billion in write-ups of principal debt and equity trading positions.

Investors, however, appeared to discount the $2.1 billion in revenue Goldman earned from the bank's so-called "Investing & Lending" unit, amid uncertainty about the sustainability of such earnings. The $2.1 billion figure accounted for about 21% of Goldman's first quarter revenue.

Goldman's Investing & Lending unit holds $57.2 billion in assets, according to the firm's 2012 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York

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