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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...

Schwab alternatives director Josh Kernan resigns

June 11, 2010

Josh Kernan, who oversees sales of alternative investments to investment advisers and their clients at The Charles Schwab Corp., is leaving the company after 16 years to start a firm. In a memo e-mailed to clients and friends this week, Mr....

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...

After VC storm, who will be left?

February 21, 2010

Venture capital today is survival of the pluckiest. About three-quarters of the estimated 1,500 VC firms now in business worldwide aren't expected to be around after they finish investing their current portfolios. And those leaving the VC arena...

Short-sale disclosure will jack up costs, sap liquidity, warns hedge fund group

February 9, 2010

Retail funds, pensions, endowments and other investors will face higher costs and lower returns if regulations requiring public disclosure of short sales are adopted, according to a study published today by the Managed Funds Association. The...

Big drop in money flowing into new hedge funds

February 5, 2010

The hedge fund industry may be roundly celebrating 2009 as a comeback—19% returns are always exciting—but it was still a tough year to get into the business, according to a survey just released by Absolute Return + Alpha magazine. About...

RIAs dive deeper into alternatives, brokers still testing the waters: Survey

January 27, 2010

Registered investment advisers are using alternative investments in their clients' portfolios at a considerably higher clip than brokers, according to the results of a survey released today by Rydex Distributors Inc. and Securities Global Investors...

Guess who's hiring hedgies these days

January 18, 2010

Hedge funds are losing talent to university endowments, sovereign wealth funds and even to the Securities and Exchange Commission, of all places, according to a survey released this week by executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. The trend...

An alternative path: Former Morgan Stanley exec returns to Wall Street

October 9, 2009

Nearly two years after her ouster from Morgan Stanley, Zoe Cruz, the firm's former co-president, is now plotting to launch her own alternative investment shop. According to a report today in the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Cruz — once one of...

Market-neutral strategies offer way to hedge latest rally

September 27, 2009

With the S&P 500 up more than 18% since the start of the year and almost 60% from the March 9 market low, it might be easy to make a case for long or even leveraged-long equity exposure. However, given basic logic and recent history, it might...

Interest in alternatives seems poised to grow

September 27, 2009

If ever there was a case against an investment strategy limited to traditional allocations to stocks and bonds, it was the global financial market meltdown that unfolded last fall. The downturn that in a matter of months wiped out multiyear...

Funds of hedge funds are under the microscope

September 27, 2009

Institutional investors are examining every aspect of their fund-of-hedge-funds portfolios and the managers in charge of them in the wake of the performance debacle of 2008, liquidity problems and the seismic shock of Bernard L. Madoff's massive...

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