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SEC charges Belesis, hedge fund manager with fraud

March 22, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Anastasios “Tommy” Belesis, owner of independent broker-dealer John Thomas Financial, and a Houston-based hedge fund manager for together defrauding investors. The regulator said it found...

Google the new Apple of big investors' eyes

March 7, 2013

Google Inc. was the favorite stock of both mutual fund and hedge fund managers at the end of last year, replacing Apple Inc., according to research from FactSet Research Systems Inc. and Citigroup Inc. The king of Internet search was among the...

Volatile markets call for flexibility

March 3, 2013

Economic and political uncertainty continues to drive volatility, leading investors to search for strategies that can provide a smoother ride — one that attempts to build and preserve capital. The current macroeconomic environment is a struggle...

Hedge funds benefit insiders only

February 3, 2013

The following is an excerpt from “The Hedge Fund Mirage: The Illusion of Big Money and Why It's Too Good to be True,” by Simon Lack (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2012). Why can less be more with hedge funds? Broadly speaking, inves-tors have...

A fourth asset class? Investors are piling in

January 13, 2013

If asset flows can be trusted as a guide, the appetite among financial advisers for hedged-equity exposure is reaching a fever pitch, and that suggests plenty about the growing unease in the financial markets. Exhibit A is the $7 billion Gateway...

Finra on to B-Ds that sold VAs with hedge funds

December 9, 2012

Finra is investigating half a dozen independent broker-dealers that sold variable annuities with subaccounts invested in hedge funds, resulting in $18 million in client losses during the credit crisis. H. Naill Falls Jr., a plaintiff's attorney...

What exactly are managed futures?

December 9, 2012

In my many conversations with investment professionals about asset allocation, I usually refer to managed-futures investing as participating in a distinct asset class. I'm corrected occasionally with the comment: “Managed futures is an investment...

Damn the torpedoes, Guggenheim launches hedge fund platform for RIAs

November 14, 2012

Guggenheim Investment Advisory today launched a hedge fund platform for independent registered investment advisers. “We've got a strong legacy of providing alternatives to ultrahigh-net-worth and institutional clients, and we're bringing that...

Advisers' next chore might be to clip the hedges

October 28, 2012

To hedge or not to hedge? That was the question in Chicago last week at the InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference. Facing off were two noted investors. Arguing the case against hedge funds was Simon Lack, principal and founder of...

SEC must hedge bets on advertising

October 21, 2012

Now that the comment period has closed on the SEC's proposal to allow hedge funds and private-placement issuers to advertise their offerings, the agency should listen to its critics and go back to the drawing board to come up with a plan that...

Big fund companies likely big winners in hedge fund ad rule

October 3, 2012

The firms most likely to benefit first from new rules that would allow hedge funds to conduct wide advertising campaigns aren't hedge funds. BlackRock Inc. (BLK), the world's largest money manager, offers alternative investments and supports...

Taking the alternatives route to portfolio construction

September 30, 2012

InvestmentNews: Let's ask each of our panelists to take a minute to tell our audience a little bit about themselves, their firms and how they use alternative investments in their portfolios. Why don't we start with you, Richard? Mr. Bregman:...

Ethical investments could give hedge funds an edge

September 9, 2012

Hedge fund managers are usually thought of as cold, hard capitalists and not the types who are interested in socially conscious investing. But if they are looking for investment money, they may want to consider strategies that offer social and...

Where's the harm in hedge fund advertising?

September 4, 2012

Despite all the noise and complaining, I'm having a hard time recognizing the real downside of allowing advertising by certain private investments like hedge funds. It is completely understandable – and even predictable – that the Investment...

Let hedgies advertise? Fund firms are furious

September 2, 2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking heat for a proposed rule that would allow issuers of private securities, such as hedge funds, to advertise their offerings and solicit the public. The agency last week voted to put the proposal...

Goldstein gives SEC an 'F' for Reg D stall

August 27, 2012

In his own entertaining way, hedge fund manager and SEC critic Phillip Goldstein is urging the commission to get on with implementing the JOBS Act and move quickly to allow hedge funds to advertise. In a sarcastic comment letter sent this weekend...

For Convergent strategist, hedging provides diversification

July 29, 2012

At Convergent Wealth Advisors, the alternative strategy of choice nearly always includes hedge funds. Across the industry, advisers are looking for less correlation with equities. Investing in foreign stocks used to offer that diversity, but...

State Street buys Goldman's hedge fund unit

July 17, 2012

State Street Corp. Ticker:(STT) has announced that it is acquiring the hedge fund administration unit of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Ticker:(GS), making State Street the world's largest hedge fund administrator. The cash deal, valued at $550...

SEC scrutinizing billionaire hedge fund manager Phil Falcone

June 26, 2012

Philip Falcone, the billionaire hedge-fund manager whose largest investment went bankrupt after being blocked by regulators, now faces a showdown in court with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Falcone, the 49-year-old founder of Harbinger...

When looking to commodities, consider long/short funds, ETFs

June 8, 2012

The case for investing in commodities is clear: They usually don't correlate strongly with stocks and bonds, and if you invest in a basket of them, the returns can be more consistent than those of stocks. “Over last 10 years, commodities have...

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