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Fed support, higher gas prices making alternative energy attractive to investors

April 21, 2009

Government support of a green economy and the likelihood of rising oil prices are creating investment opportunities in alternative energy, according to money managers at Calvert Asset Management Inc., a socially conscious investment firm. But...

Schwab webcast to address its revised alternatives plan

April 19, 2009

The Charles Schwab Corp. has scheduled a webcast Thursday to brief registered investment advisers on its revised plans to wind down custody of alternative investments. The largest custodian of RIA assets set off a firestorm of protest in February...

Salvation for seniors seen in alternative investments

March 31, 2009

Even though retired clients have been hobbled by tanking investments, opportunities still await those who dare to try alternative investments, according to experts. Strategies that use bonds, options and alternative investments can soften the...

SEC targets hedge funds for 'preferential redemptions'

March 20, 2009

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether hedge funds gave favored employees or investors “preferential redemptions” by allowing them to withdraw money while freezing redemptions for other clients, commissioner Elisse...

Hedge funds buying stocks again: Report

March 20, 2009

U.S. hedge funds are buying stocks for the first time since October, Bloomberg reported today. According to data from UBS AG of Zurich, Switzerland, net purchases of stocks by hedge-fund clients averaged $140 million for the four weeks ending...

Madoff bled hedge funds too

March 19, 2009

Bernard Madoff’s epic swindle destroyed more than just his clients’ fortunes—it felled much of the North American hedge fund industry. Of the 200 or so hedge fund families that began liquidation in 2008, 20% of them—managing a total $16...

National Advisors opens doors to alternatives

March 13, 2009

National Advisors Trust Co. said today that it was expanding the alternative-investment-custody services that it provides to advisers. The firm saw a business opportunity because The Charles Schwab Corp. of San Francisco announced plans several...

Schwab back pedals on alternatives ban

March 12, 2009

The Charles Schwab Corp., under fire from some investment advisers for abruptly ending custody of most alternative assets, said it is modifying the policy but not abandoning it. After talking to advisers since the policy was announced less than...

RIAs lash out at Schwab hedge fund decision

March 3, 2009

Saying that Charles Schwab’s recent decision to stop accepting custody of alternative investments has put them in “an untenable position,” a consortium of registered investment advisers told the firm’s top executives they are reluctantly...

OppenheimerFunds shutters Tremont fund

February 24, 2009

OppenheimerFunds Inc. has elected to shutter its OFI Tremont Core Strategies Hedge Fund and start returning the fund's roughly $100 million in assets to clients in May. The fund has been subadvised by Tremont Partners & Co. Inc., which is owned...

Cohen & Steers nabs new sales head from AllianceBernstein

February 23, 2009

Cohen & Steers Inc. has snagged David Edlin from AllianceBernstein Investments Inc. to be its new national sales manager, the company announced this morning. Mr. Edlin, previously the national sales director at AllianceBernstein Investments...

Schwab ends custody of alternative investments

February 20, 2009

The Charles Schwab Corp., concerned about liability related to hedge funds, is telling registered investment advisers that it will no longer accept custody of alternative assets. In calls to selected RIAs and in a notice on its Schwab Advisor...

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...

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