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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...

Real estate managers eye bank assets

September 13, 2009

Real estate money managers are joining private-equity firms in the line to buy failed banks. While the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. changed its rules Aug. 26 to make the banks a tempting target for private-equity managers, some insiders say...

Got alts? Rydex rolls out alternative investment site for advisers

September 3, 2009

Rydex SGI has taken its alternative investment message to a new medium with the launch of a new website, The site, which went live today, is aimed directly at financial advisers, who Rydex believes are increasingly interested in...

Managed futures take a step back

August 16, 2009

After gaining an average of 13.9% last year, managed-futures funds have come back down to earth this year as their managers sit with cash and look for signs of a discernable market trend. Also known as commodity trading advisers, the managers...

Report: Tremont to auction off remaining hedge fund assets to pay investors

August 14, 2009

Tremont Group Holdings Inc., which lost more than $3 billion in the Bernard Madoff scam, will auction off its remaining hedge fund assets in an attempt to pay its investors, The Wall Street Journal reported. Rye, N.Y.-based Tremont will sell...

Atticus Capital bails out of hedge fund business, will return $3B to investors

August 12, 2009

Atticus Capital LLC, a New York-based hedge fund shop, is returning $3 billion to investors as the company founder opts out of the hedge fund business, according to a letter sent to shareholders yesterday. The firm will continue to manage the...

ProShare launches first 130/30 ETF

July 14, 2009

ProShare Advisors of Bethesda, Md., today announced the introduction of the first exchange traded fund to follow a 130/30 investment strategy. The fund will short 30% of the portfolio and use the proceeds to go long an extra 30% in areas where...

Hatteras Funds to acquire Alternative Investment Partners

July 10, 2009

Hatteras Funds has entered into an agreement to acquire Alternative Investment Partners LLC, which manages the AIP Mutual Funds. The agreement will give Hatteras, which specializes in alternative investments, its first suite of mutual funds....

McCool says solution near on custody of alternatives

June 28, 2009

The Charles Schwab Corp., which promised to spell out details of its plan to help advisers move alternative assets from its platform this month, has nearly met its deadline. The San Francisco-based firm is in the final stages of negotiating...

Emerging-market investors want more disclosure

June 22, 2009

Disclosure of specific environmental, social and corporate governance issues was seen as the major challenge facing socially conscious investors in emerging-market companies, according to a survey of institutional investors. The survey of 67...

Business owners invest in their firms, not stocks

June 19, 2009

When the economic recovery finally arrives, many small business owners won't try to rebuild their shrunken stock portfolios. They'll be putting their money in what looks like a better bet: their companies. Owners already have plenty of reasons...

Arbitration settlement lands in insurer's lap

June 14, 2009

A sprawling case of alleged securities fraud involving an independent broker-dealer and two brokers may wind up costing an insurance company $10.3 million. VSR Financial Services Inc., a broker-dealer in Overland Park, Kan., last month settled...

Market-linked CDs bolster structured-products industry

June 7, 2009

Certificates of deposit that link investment returns to stock market indexes are helping prop up the sagging structured-products industry. These bank-issued products — sometimes called indexed CDs or market-linked CDs — are gaining appeal...

Brookstone unveils asset management advisory group

June 1, 2009

Private-equity firm Brookstone Partners today announced the launch of Brookstone Partners Asset Management, an independently operated investment advisory group. Michael Toporek was named as chief investment officer of the newly created group....

Critics question whether endowment model should be used by individual investors

May 10, 2009

Some industry observers are questioning whether an endowment model of investing — as popularized by the Yale University endowment fund — should be used for individual investors. The endowment model adds diversification to traditional stock...

Rich investors' fear of risk poses a challenge to advisers

May 3, 2009

As a result of shifting views of high-net-worth and ultrahigh-net-worth investors, financial advisers will have to re-evaluate business practices, including fees, portfolios and investment policies, according to wealth managers and industry...

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