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5 strategies to help uncertain investors

September 26, 2010

As soon as the dust started to clear after the 2008 financial crisis, a lot of investors learned the hard way that their portfolios weren't nearly as diversified as they should have been. That reality, which is still present to a large degree...

Retirement portfolios need alternatives

September 26, 2010

Over the past 30 years, investors have achieved diversification through a blend of stocks, high-quality bonds and cash. But today, the traditional asset allocation no longer offers optimal risk management. Investors focused on retirement in...

The new gold standard

September 26, 2010

Chalk up another hard-earned lesson from the financial crisis: Investors in limited partnerships, the structure of choice for most alternative investments, discovered that giving up liquidity in exchange for higher returns wasn't such a good...

Altegris Advisors launches actively managed futures fund

September 17, 2010

Altegris Advisors LLC is looking to tap into the growing demand for managed- futures investing with its own actively managed fund, Altegris Managed Futures Strategy Fund Ticker:(MFTAX). The mutual fund, which launched this week, invests in the...

SEC quizzes money managers about alternative investments

September 13, 2010

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, stepping up its oversight of investment advisers, is examining whether asset managers that channel money to hedge funds are acting in investors' best interest. The agency asked money managers for...

UBS hires Morgan Stanley Smith Barney alternatives specialist

August 31, 2010

Jerry Pascucci, the chief investment officer for alternative investments at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, is joining the U.S. wealth management unit of UBS AG to run alternatives for high-net-worth clients. “In our current economic environment,...

Stanley Druckenmiller closing up shop

August 18, 2010

Stanley Druckenmiller, the hedge- fund icon who boasts one of the best long-term trading records and the distinction of having made $1 billion for George Soros by forcing a devaluation of the British pound in 1992, is closing his firm after...

Target date funds add alternatives to combat inflation

August 10, 2010

In an effort to guard against the rising threat of inflation, several target date fund providers have added alternative asset classes to their portfolios. T. Rowe Price Group Inc., The Principal Financial Group and OppenheimerFunds Inc. all...

Citigroup to triple hedge fund offerings for wealthy clients

August 6, 2010

Citigroup Inc.'s private bank will triple the number of hedge funds such as Paulson & Co. that its wealthy clients can invest in, under a push to increase money-management revenue. The private bank will expand its HedgeForum service to offer...

Madoff trustee wins $180M from hedge fund

August 5, 2010

The trustee for Bernard Madoff’s investment-advisory business won a $180 million default judgment against Vizcaya Partners Ltd. over claims the hedge fund profited from the conman’s fraud. Vizcaya, based in the British Virgin Islands, failed...

Simple Alternatives names University of Virginia's MacDonald CIO

August 3, 2010

Simple Alternatives LLC, a startup mutual fund company focusing on hedge fund investments for registered investment advisers and small institutions, has hired Bruce MacDonald, 39, as its chief investment officer. Mr. MacDonald was formerly the...

‘Perplexed’ hedgies still outpacing S&P 500 Index

July 8, 2010

The hedge fund industry saw investment returns decline by 1.4% in June. That’s hardly a banner month, but the hedgies still managed to outperform the broad equity markets, which fell by 5.4% in June. “I think [hedge fund] managers are somewhat...

Time to look at alternative mutual funds

June 27, 2010

If nothing else, the carnage of the past few years has served as a stark reminder of the value of portfolio diversification. In addition to stocks, bonds, cash and real estate, many financial advisers try to add alternative investments to round...

‘Long only is wrong only,’ says Rick Lake

June 21, 2010

Investing without some kind of hedge in the current market environment is far too risky, according to Rick Lake, co-chairman and portfolio manager at Lake Partners Inc., a firm with $3.5 billion under advisement in alternative strategies. “Right...

Wells Fargo, Nationwide, Wilshire seek to expand asset class offerings

May 26, 2010

Wells Fargo & Co., Nationwide Financial Services and Wilshire Associates Inc. are all looking to expand their asset class offerings in the wake of the market volatility of the past couple of years, officials of the companies told attendees of...

An Ivy League of their own: Another endowment chief to start investment firm

May 12, 2010

James Walsh, the departing endowment chief at Cornell University, plans to start a $150 million hedge fund with performance fees that are spread out over three years. The fund, named Cayuga Capital Partners for Cayuga Lake near Walsh's home...

Schwab reverses course on alternatives

April 25, 2010

The Charles Schwab Corp. has reversed course and will allow advisers to hold in custody additional alternative investments. The move helps stem something of a revolt among the firm's registered investment adviser clients, which erupted in February...

Buffett takes a bath: How much did the Berkshire billionaire lose today on Goldman?

April 16, 2010

The value of Warren Buffett's options to buy Goldman Sachs Group Inc. shares dropped by $950 million after regulators sued the bank for misleading clients on the sale of securities tied to the subprime mortgage market. The warrants, which give...

J.P. Morgan tops rankings of largest hedge fund managers

March 8, 2010

A ranking of the world's largest hedge fund managers sharply illustrates the ravages the financial crisis wreaked on firms in the past two years. It also shows how important assets from institutional investors are to the fortunes of many of...

Evercore Partners buys private funds biz from Neuberger Berman

February 24, 2010

Evercore Partners Inc. said Wednesday that it has purchased Neuberger Berman's Private Funds Placement Group as it looks to expand its advisory services. Terms were not disclosed, but Neuberger will receive earnout payments. Evercore, an investment...

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