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Hedge funds request Puerto Rico borrow to last two years

February 16, 2014

Hedge funds seeking to participate in Puerto Rico’s planned bond offering are asking that the commonwealth raise enough money to meet its needs for two years, two people with knowledge of the preliminary talks said. They’re also requesting...

Buffett's hedge fund strategy leaves much to be desired

February 16, 2014

Six years into his 10-year performance challenge with a hedge fund shop, Warren E. Buffett is sitting pretty with a formidable total return advantage of 43.8% to 12.5%. At first blush, it certainly looks impressive. But let's get real here....

Warren Buffett's hedge fund bet might be sending the wrong message

February 6, 2014

Warren Buffett takes the lead in his 10-year performance bet with a hedge fund portfolio. But, to be fair, the Oracle of Omaha is riding a low-cost index while his opponent is actually hedging. There are four years left, so let's see where this...

Buffett sitting pretty in hedge fund bet, but strategy leaves much to be desired

February 6, 2014

Six years into his 10-year performance challenge with a hedge fund shop, Warren E. Buffett is sitting pretty with a formidable total return advantage of 43.8%, to 12.5%. At first blush, it certainly looks impressive. But let's get real here....

Regulators train a close eye on alternatives

February 2, 2014

Through broker-dealer examinations and issuing alerts of investment advisers' due diligence, the Securities and Exchange Commission is continuing its focus on how advisers sell or advise clients on alternative investments. The SEC's spotlight...

Tommy Belesis' hedge fund associate sues SEC

January 30, 2014

Hedge fund manager George R. Jarkesy Jr. filed suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, charging that the agency denied him his rights of due process in a fraud case involving his former associate, notorious Wall Street...

Druckenmiller lawyer takes on hedge funds over unfair contracts

January 28, 2014

Stan Druckenmiller, one of the top-performing money managers of the past three decades, discovered a hard truth when he started investing in other hedge funds: Most don't treat their clients fairly, he said. Partnership agreements frequently...

Hedge funds, private equity chasing retail investors but fees are high and returns aren't

January 26, 2014

Did you hear about how the S&P 500 trounced hedge funds last year? And did you feel the tiniest bit of schadenfreude? For a while there, it was hard not to feel jealous of hedge fund investors. Only certain classes of investors get the chance...

Using derivatives even when they hurt society

January 23, 2014

From the Davos Forum: Hedge fund manager admits he loves trading derivatives and that derivatives are bad for society. Umm, thanks? Net negative Did Nouriel Roubini just predict a war between China and Japan while drawing parallels between 2014...

Risk-control alternatives fund restructures to attract more investors

January 21, 2014

The timing might be just about perfect for the kind of noncorrelated strategy being rolled out by Pine Grove Asset Management, but financial advisers should still proceed with their eyes wide open when considering this latest example of repackaging...

What to expect from the Davos World Economic Forum

January 20, 2014

Turning once again to Davos, Switzerland, for this year's World Economic Forum, where the world's economic brainiacs will throw darts at the wall as a means of identifying global market trends. Hint: Look for a safe-haven trade to emerge that...

Institutional investors moving more cash to diversified strategies

January 17, 2014

For more proof that diversification is in the eye of the beholder, a BlackRock report showing portfolio diversification is somewhat ironically described as risk-taking. Note to reader, when the S&P 500 gains more than 32% in a year, moving cash...

New love for mortgage REITs

January 16, 2014

A closer look at how mortgage REITs could prosper this year shows that interest rates might not be a big factor. Of course, you have to know why you're investing in something that invests in mortgage bonds but trades like a stock. What's not...

Would you pay 8% in fees for an illiquid alternatives fund?

January 15, 2014

If the thought of paying the classic “two and 20” to a hedge fund makes you queasy, you may want to look away. Private-equity giant Blackstone Group is soliciting new shares for its $300 million Blackstone Alternative Alpha Fund, which carries...

Hedge fund investors see the downside of relative performance

January 14, 2014

In a year that saw the S&P 500 gain more than 32%, no one should be surprised that noncorrelated strategies would lose some investor appeal. But when hedge fund investors start fleeing because they don't like the relative performance comparison,...

Goldman calls stock market lofty by most measures

January 13, 2014

Goldman finally calls the stock market expensive. Bulls should take heed Global markets jump, dollar skids as Fed policy gets a closer look. Weakest jobs data in three years Bank lobby pushing back on the Volcker rule with legal mumbo jumbo....

Be smart about "smart money"

January 12, 2014

They don't label the “smart money” as such for nothing. As a group, that class of investor includes institutions such as pension funds, sovereign-wealth funds, endowments and even some ultrahigh-net-worth family offices. Why is that money...

BlackRock puts the brakes on market-moving analyst sentiment reports

January 9, 2014

BlackRock pulls the plug on analyst surveys, settles with N.Y. attorney general. No more market-moving sentiment U.S. stock futures are rising ahead of the U.K. interest rate decision. Signs of a positive start for the markets Activist hedge...

Nice gain for hedge funds in '13 but they still fell way short

January 8, 2014

Hedge funds trailed the S&P 500 for the fifth straight year in 2013 as U.S. markets rallied to record levels. Hedge funds returned an average of 7.4% for the year, after a gain of less than 0.1% in December. The Bloomberg Hedge Funds Aggregate...

It's time to rethink bond allocations

January 6, 2014

With bond yields near historic lows and poised for a cycle of rising interest rates now that tapering is set to begin, financial advisers might do themselves a favor by looking once again to institutional investors for guidance. In typical institutional...

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