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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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