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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...

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...

SEC settlement ends saga for former Ameriprise exec who aided SAC Capital insider case

December 9, 2014

A former Ameriprise Financial Inc. money manager who pleaded guilty to securities fraud must pay $390,103, a figure roughly equal to the gains regulators said her funds earned based on an insider tip about Yahoo. Law enforcement officials said...

UBS renews push to increase advisers' hedge fund use

December 8, 2014

UBS Group AG is preparing to roll out new tools to increase hedge fund use by its financial advisers in the U.S., encouraging increased sales of the alternative investments to a sometimes-reluctant clientele. UBS is developing a suite of tools...

New York Life buys IndexIQ to expand liquid alts offering, add hedge fund ETFs

December 4, 2014

New York Life Insurance Co. agreed to buy asset manager IndexIQ, pushing into exchange-traded funds and adding offerings for retail investors who want to copy hedge-fund approaches. The transaction “puts us into the forefront of two very important...

Oil producers are feeling the heat from falling prices

December 3, 2014

Some oil producers have a lot to lose from cheap oil. When big debt comes back to bite you. Banks could hold oil producers over a barrel Merrill brokers are hitting the bricks, and they say it's because Bank of America is micromanaging the brokerage...

Oil traders are liquidating positions as oil prices drop and uncertainty mounts

November 26, 2014

Oil traders are hitting the brakes as oil prices slide and OPEC dithers. Translation: The situation is highly uncertain. Bracing for more downside Hedge fund shop showing a serious commitment to liquid alternatives by converting its third hedge...

Falcone resigns as chairman, CEO of Harbinger Group

November 25, 2014

Investor Philip Falcone is stepping down as chairman and chief executive of publicly traded Harbinger Group Inc. to focus on his hedge fund firm. Mr. Falcone will receive a one-time payment of $20.5 million, “$16.5 million in respect of Mr....

Hedge fund performance continues to disappoint

November 25, 2014

When Douglas Kobak was an adviser at a large brokerage firm, he suggested his wealthiest clients buy a hedge fund promising to be "a very conservative alternative to bonds." Then the credit crisis hit in 2008, the fund imploded and investors...

John Hancock pushes for liquid alts in retirement plans

November 25, 2014

John Hancock steps up to support for liquid alternatives in defined contribution plans. University endowments allocate 53% to alternatives, but most retail-class investors are stuck with long-only stock and bond funds. As straightforward as...

Federal Reserve's next move might not be until 2016

November 18, 2014

Surprise, surprise. The latest data from the Fed show that it might be 2016 before that stubborn 2% inflation target is met, meaning the first rate hike could be pushed off even further. Issues facing Fed officials What's scarier than rising...

Despite Steven A. Cohen's investment, RCAP shares face short-term hurdles

November 18, 2014

Hedge fund giant Steven A. Cohen boosting his ownership of shares in RCS Capital Corp. is a positive sign for the company, known by its ticker RCAP, but the stock still faces hurdles in the near term, one investor said. “I think there is a...

Robo advice meets alternative investments

November 17, 2014

In the latest twist on robo-advice, Insight Advisors in Los Angeles aims to apply automated separate account management to the alternative investments business. The success of the new platform, which aspires to build customized hedge fund-like...

Investment managers ditching 60/40 portfolios in favor of more liquid alternatives

November 16, 2014

The 60/40 portfolio is dead. Long live liquid alternatives? Some investment managers suggest replacing or at least heavily supplementing the classic 60/40 stocks-and-bonds allocation with liquid alternative investments. They hold that future...

Buyer beware: Liquid alts are not created equal

November 11, 2014

Financial advisers wading into the liquid alternatives waters can learn a lot from the humbling first-effort by Morgan Stanley, which is proving that performance matters, and disparity is a big deal in this space. As detailed by DailyAlts, the...

The bitter economic costs of cheap oil

October 21, 2014

Cheap oil threatens the U.S. energy boom and the fallout is not optimal. In the shale business it's not as easy as just reducing production. Paying less for foreign goods and services Making the case for investing in bond funds gets tougher...

Market strategists unbowed

October 16, 2014

The rout in stocks has not pushed market strategists to cut their year-end forecasts. It's just going to take a bigger rally to get there. S&P 500 rout leaves Wall Street unbowed as tide ebbs on calls But that resolve could be tested today....

Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains

October 15, 2014

The S&P 500 wiped out its gains for the year Wednesday as banks sank after reporting earnings while a drop in retail sales reignited concern about the economy and a second health worker in Texas caught Ebola. KeyCorp retreated 8.9%, the biggest...

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