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Ray Dalio's Bridgewater picks up chunk of Microsoft, ditches UPS

February 12, 2015

Bridgewater Associates LP added shares of Microsoft Corp. last quarter, sold stock in SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust and exited United Parcel Service Inc. The hedge fund added 586,400 shares of Microsoft and the value of its stake increased by $27.2...

Salient Partners buys Forward Funds with liquid alts expansion in mind

February 11, 2015

Salient Partners is buying Forward Management in an effort to build scale in the rapidly growing liquid alternatives space. The deal, announced Wednesday and scheduled to close by July, creates a $27 billion asset management firm, including...

Alternatives are earning their keep in 2015

February 10, 2015

The U.S. equity markets have calmed down since the rocky start to 2015, but as hedge fund indexes start rolling out January performance data, the numbers are showing how using alternatives to diversify makes sense. In a month that saw the S&P...

Warren Buffett pushes Obama to build the Keystone pipeline

February 5, 2015

Warren Buffett says Obama should ignore his radical base and approve the Keystone pipeline. 'By and large, Keystone should be done' Colorado took in so much tax revenue from marijuana sales that it might have to send out reefer refunds. When...

Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity

January 27, 2015

The case for investing in Russia looks great, on paper. Just hold your nose and take a big bite. Banking on a business-friendly and reform-minded history If the hedge funders have it right, oil prices will continue to slide. Crude oil short...

The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

January 23, 2015

The down side of a multi-year bull market in stocks is that investors stop worrying so much about financial security. Sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. A credit card is not a long-term backup plan With crude oil at around $46 a barrel,...

Good looks aren't everything, but it might help you attract more assets

January 22, 2015

Better-looking money managers attract more clients, but they also tend to underperform. So, there's that. Looks aren't everything The winning bidder in an IRS auction for $2 million worth of annuity payments from a 1985 contract between the...

Hedge fund managers testing the social media waters

January 22, 2015

Hedge funds, long known for restricting investor access to complex and secretive strategies, are ever so slowly coming out of the shadows and embracing social media. It's still a far cry from your favorite celebrities tweeting out what they...

Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

January 21, 2015

Gold starts to shine as the safe haven play against the backdrop of growing economic stress in Europe. The precious metal jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to its highest level since September The same president who wants to provide 'free' community...

Swiss franc fallout hits some liquid alt funds harder than others

January 20, 2015

Financial advisers who have been watching from a distance the fallout from Switzerland's surprise move last week to remove its currency ceiling against the euro might want to take a closer look at some of the mutual funds in their clients' portfolios....

Falling oil prices are now officially costing jobs

January 16, 2015

Oilfield job cuts are coming hard and fast as the U.S. oil boom sinks along with oil prices. Schlumberger cuts 9,000 workers An Ohio-based financial adviser has been indicted for a $5.5 million hedge fund Ponzi scheme involving 19 investors....

iShares says not so fast on passive investing winning the day

January 13, 2015

The success of exchange-traded funds is incorrectly being interpreted as a victory for passive investing, according to executives at BlackRock Inc.'s iShares, which won a third of the U.S. ETF industry's record $242 billion haul last year. Instead,...

Meredith Whitney's hedge fund and how it sputtered in its debut year

January 13, 2015

It took less than a year for Meredith Whitney's hedge fund to begin unraveling. Her American Revival Fund started investing in heartland stocks in November 2013, after the Wall Street star predicted on TV and in a book that the center of the...

As hot as liquid alts are, most can't compete against the bull market

December 31, 2014

Another strong year for stocks and another round of head scratching for investors in liquid alternative strategies that are mostly designed to hedge the risks associated with market downturns. While there are always exceptions when it comes...

Cheap oil is drawing bargain hunters to energy ETFs

December 30, 2014

Bargain hunters pour into energy sectors, betting big that oil prices will bounce back up. 'The picture is not as bleak as it may seem.' Hedge funds might be closing in on a sixth straight year of lagging the S&P 500, but that doesn't mean they...

From big rallies to fallen (bond) kings, we saw it all in 2014

December 29, 2014

Of all the twists, turns and surprises of 2014, cheap oil has to be among the most pleasant. While there is plenty of risk facing the global energy industry and capital markets, it is hard to think about that when you're filling your tank for...

Two advisers owe $6.3M for selling hedge funds linked to Madoff

December 29, 2014

Two investment advisers must pay more than $6.3 million in fines and restitution for misleading clients whose money was invested in hedge funds linked to Bernie Madoff, a Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judge has ruled....

Meredith Whitney's big hedge fund investor wants out as performance flags

December 20, 2014

The hedge fund Meredith Whitney started last year after she became one of Wall Street's best-known analysts is in turmoil. Her biggest investor demanded his money back and two executives left in the past month, according to a person with knowledge...

Alts fund manager Daniel Thibeault arrested in securities fraud

December 16, 2014

A prominent alternative fund manager in Waltham, Mass., was arrested on securities fraud charges last week after the FBI accused him of a fraudulent scheme to divert some $12.6 million from a fund he was overseeing. Daniel Thibeault, chief executive...

New platforms for alternatives trading miss the mark

December 14, 2014

With the financial advice industry increasingly tuning in to the concept of alternative investments, it's no surprise that the broader financial services industry has been tripping over itself to provide creative new entry points. A couple of...

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