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Traders on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Chicago Board of Trade bid futures and options on agriculture, gold, metals, oil and other commodities.

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Hedge funds operate like secret societies. Except for the initiated few who entrust their fortunes to fund managers, information is difficult to access. But there are a few sources, albeit limited, that provide clues to what hedge funds are doing with their billions.

Institutional investment managers have to disclose their equity holdings 45 days after the end of each quarter via 13F forms per Securities and Exchange Commission regulation. The stocks listed in these forms can be compared with the same filings from the previous quarter to see how positions have changed. 13F filings can be found on the SEC’s homepage:http://www.sec.gov/index.htm

Websites devoted to hedge funds are good sources for information and investment tips. Some of the more popular ones include Insider Monkey, ValueWalk and Market Folly, which also post comments to followers on Twitter. Read more: 2011 was a year of horrors for hedge funds.

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