This excerpt taken from the WEN 10-K filed Mar 1, 2007.
DCM may lose client assets, and thus fee revenue, for various reasons.
DCMs success depends on its ability to earn investment advisory fees from the client accounts it manages. Such fees generally consist of payments based on the amount of assets in the account (management fees), and on the profits earned by the account or the returns to certain investors in the accounts (performance fees). If there is a reduction in an accounts assets, there will be a corresponding reduction in DCMs management fees from the account, and a likely reduction in DCMs performance fees (if any) relating to the account, since the smaller the accounts asset base the smaller will be the potential profits earned by the account. There could be a reduction in an accounts assets as the result of investment losses in the account, the withdrawal by investors of their capital in the account, or both. Except for the REIT, investors in the accounts managed by DCM have various types of withdrawal rights, ranging from the right of investors in separate accounts to withdraw any or all of their capital on a daily basis, the right of investors in hedge funds to withdraw their capital on a monthly or quarterly basis, and the right of investors in CDOs to terminate the CDO in specified situations. Investors in hedge funds and managed accounts might withdraw capital for many reasons, including their dissatisfaction with the accounts performance, adverse publicity regarding DCM, DCMs loss of key personnel, errors in reporting to investors account values or account performance, other matters resulting from problems in DCMs systems technology, investors desire to invest the capital elsewhere, and their need (in the case of investors that are themselves investment funds) for the capital to fund withdrawals by their investors. DCM could experience a major loss of account assets, and thus advisory fee revenue, at any time.