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Stocks outperformed hedgies last month

November 8, 2010

Hedge funds were unable to keep pace with the broader equity markets last month, but did maintain their slight performance edge over stocks through the first 10 months of the year. The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained 1.9% in October, which...

Hedge funds depend on beta as they ride careening equities

October 31, 2010

Hedge fund managers are having a hard time making a buck this year, unless they get a boost from a whole lot of market beta. “It's been all about beta this year,” said hedge fund consultant Howard B. Eisen. “Hedge fund managers have been...

Providers add alternative investments to target date funds

October 31, 2010

Some providers of target date options in defined-contribution plans are adding alternative investments ranging from commodities and Treasury inflation-protected securities to real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships. Among...

Genworth to hike alternatives offerings with Altegris buy

October 19, 2010

Genworth Financial Inc. this morning announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire alternative-investments platform Altegris Advisors LLC for approximately $35 million. The deal also includes some performance-based payments. Altegris,...

AQR to offer mutual funds only through advisers

October 18, 2010

Retail investors will no longer be able to buy mutual funds from AQR Capital Management without going through a financial adviser, starting Oct. 30. AQR, which is primarily an institutional shop with $29 billion in assets under management, began...

Hottest alternative? Managed-futures funds, research shows

October 10, 2010

Managed-futures funds represent the most popular category among alternative strategies, according to the latest research from BarclayHedge Ltd. For the three-month period ended June 30, managed futures accounted for $233.4 billion of the total...

Hottest alternative? Managed-futures funds, says researcher

October 6, 2010

Managed-futures funds represent the most-popular category among alternative strategies, according to the latest research from BarclayHedge Ltd. For the three-month period ended June 30, managed futures accounted for $233.4 billion of the total...

IN's Goff: Red Sox's John Henry walks into buzz saw with Liverpool FC buy

October 6, 2010

John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, made his fortune buying and selling commodities — one of the most volatile plays in the investment universe. But with his surprise investment in Liverpool Football Club, the buttoned-down...

Eaton Vance closes popular macro fund

September 27, 2010

Eaton Vance Corp. will stop accepting deposits from new customers in a global fund that seeks gains from broad economic trends after assets increased more than sixfold this year. Eaton Vance Global Macro Absolute Return Fund, which opened in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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