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Hedge funds returns increase

February 17, 2009

While equity markets have shown little signs of rebounding, hedge fund strategies considerably improved their performance last month. The Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index, which tracks more than 5,000 hedge funds, was up 1.09% in January,...

Institutional investors sticking with alternatives

February 13, 2009

The current market turbulence combined with some spectacular scandals has not yet jarred institutional investors from their investment strategies, according to the results of a survey conducted last month. A survey of 50 institutional investors...

Asian hedgers fail to earn performance fees

February 12, 2009

A brutal 2008 will mean that a majority of Asian hedge funds will not charge performance fees, according to published reports. By not reaching previous highs, the general partners for 80% of Asian hedge funds will not be able to take the standard...

European hedgers bleed assets

February 9, 2009

The hedge-fund-of-funds sector in Europe may lose three-quarters of its assets, compared with the beginning of 2008, according to an analysis published today by London-based news service Reuters Group Ltd. The fund-of-hedge-funds industry was...

Morningstar licenses hedge fund database

February 9, 2009

Morningstar Inc.’s hedge fund database will become the foundation for a new research platform designed to give qualified investors a closer look at more than 7,500 hedge funds. The platform, HedgeAct.com, which was launched today, was developed...

Jefferson offers futures fund

December 2, 2008

Jefferson National Life Insurance Co. of Dallas today added the Rydex Variable Trust Managed Futures Strategy Fund to its Monument Advisor variable annuity. The fund, designed to provide low correlation to traditional asset classes, gives customers...

Democratic leaders angry with hedgers

October 24, 2008

Six Democratic House leaders who deal with financial services issues, including Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., Friday expressed “outrage” over a news report that some hedge funds have tried to convince companies that service mortgages not to...

MFA decries call for hedge fund ban

October 15, 2008

The $1.9 trillion hedge fund industry has gone on the defensive following a recent statement by Italian finance minister Giulio Tremonti, who suggested a move to abolish the alternative-class investments in Italy. “Hedge funds are private pools...

Permal to raise $500M for distressed debt

October 14, 2008

The Permal Group, a hedge fund group owned by Legg Mason Inc. of Baltimore, plans to raise up to $500 million to purchase distressed hedge fund holdings. The new fund is "designed to take advantage of investors' need for liquidity,” Omar Kodmani,...

September socks hedge fund performance

October 3, 2008

Hedge funds had their worst month in a decade in September because of short selling restrictions, the liquidity crunch and stock volatility, according to Hennessee Group LLC, which tracks the hedge fund industry. “September 2008 will prove...

Pallotta planning to leave Tudor Investments

August 7, 2008

Jim Pallotta, a fund manager at Tudor Investment Corp., will start his own investment firm in 2009, according to a letter to investors that was cited in a Bloomberg report. The $5 billion Raptor Global Fund that he manages will be spun off Jan....

Hedge fund index falls

August 7, 2008

The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index slipped 1.95% last month and was down 3.23% for the year-to-date. The index, compiled monthly by hedge fund adviser Hennessee Group LLC of New York, posted weaker results last month than major market indicators....

AIMA to unveil funds-of-hedge-funds standards

July 7, 2008

The Alternative Investment Management Association of London is preparing the first-ever practice standards for funds of hedge funds. “There are currently no dedicated guidelines for fund-of-hedge-fund managers, yet the majority of new institutional...

Blackstone, Fortress estimates cut by BofA

July 7, 2008

Banc of America Securities LLC has cut its earnings estimate and price targets on Blackstone Group LP and Fortress Investment Group, citing challenging market conditions, according to a Reuters report. The New York-based investment banking subsidiary...

Portfolio construction key, study says

June 13, 2008

Both asset managers and advisers are vying to provide new retirement-income strategies for investors, according to a new report. The analysis, titled “Product Development in an Evolving Portfolio Construction Environment,” was done by Boston-based...

Foundations turn to alternative investments

June 4, 2008

Foundations experienced a decline in returns in 2007, according to a study released yesterday by the Commonfund. The 300 private and community foundations that participated in the annual benchmark study saw returns drop to 9.9%, from 13.7% the...

SEC files action against hedger

May 23, 2008

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a civil injunctive action against James G. Marquez, a principal of the failed hedge fund Bayou Fund LLC of Chicago, according to published reports. According to the SEC, Mr. Marquez and his associates,...

Hedge fund manager plans to leave Citi

May 22, 2008

The portfolio manager of Citigroup Inc.’s struggling Falcon Strategies and ASTA/MAT hedge funds, Reaz Islam, is leaving after 18 years at the company. Falcon Strategies, a fixed-income hedge fund, lost more than 75% of its value, while the...

Advisers debate alternative investments

May 9, 2008

Advisers may see increasing numbers of mutual fund products that include alternative-investment strategies, but there is still fear about these products and the perception of increased risk, a panel of fund managers said today at the Washington-based...

Morningstar to rate hedge funds

February 14, 2008

Morningstar Inc. has taken another step into the alternative investments space by expanding its star-rating system to hedge funds. In addition to the new rating system, which begins today, Morningstar introduced a Morningstar 1000 Index and...

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