Several Florida-based hedge funds wiped out

Several hedge funds run by flamboyant Key Biscayne trader John Devaney that were worth more than half a billion dollars last year have been wiped out, leaving wealthy investors with nothing. Zero.

About 150 investors -- some of them his Key Biscayne neighbors -- have lost roughly $510 million, said Devaney, chief executive officer and senior portfolio manager for United Capital Asset Management.

The collapsed hedge funds -- Horizon Fund, Horizon ABS Fund, Horizon Fund III and Horizon ABS Master Fund -- invested in junk bonds.

These high-risk debt securities have lost the vast majority of their value during the yearlong credit crunch that has sapped demand for most bonds that do not have AAA credit ratings.

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