According to a recent WSJ article, in the wake of the recent Madoff and Stanford scandals, hedge fund investors have been requesting their money back at an increased pace over the last few months. Morgan Stanley analysts are forecasting that assets under management could fall by another 30 percent before the year is over. This follows an already 20 percent decrease at the end of 2008, reducing total hedge fund AUM to below $1 trillion. The withdraws are getting large enough that some funds are now left with only illiquid assets, most of which have to be sold at depressed prices. Increased selling has certainly help pressure the market recently, and will likely continue to do so if the hedge fund redemption forecasts from Morgan Stanley are correct. Having the DJIA fall to 6,000 and the S&P 500 fall to 700 would certainly seem more likely under such intense and systematic selling.