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Hedge funds up 2.41 per cent in March, says Barclay Hedge
Apr 15/09
Hedge funds gained 2.41 per cent in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The index is now up 0.82 per cent in 2009. 'After an eight perc ent sell-off in early March, the S&P 500 Ind...Read more



Public Pension Managers Rethink Hedge Fund Ties
Apr 15/09
From New York to California, public pension funds staked billions in good times on the highest of Wall Street high rollers: hedge fund managers and corporate buyout specialists. But for many of these pension funds — and the mi...Read more



Hedge Funds Standards Board targets 100 members
Apr 15/09
The HFSB recently announced that 13 new hedge fund providers had signed up to the industry’s best practice standards, bringing the total to 45 at the end of last month. Odey, Jupiter and The Children's Investment Fund were amo...Read more



Hedge funds may face increased regulatory oversight
Apr 15/09
Hedge funds may now face higher degree of direct regulatory oversight in most G-20 jurisdictions. There is a consensus within a G-20 working group, co-chaired by the RBI Deputy Governor, Dr Rakesh Mohan, that authorities need ...Read more



Fund industry looks to EIFs to drive international demand
Apr 15/09
Gibraltar has a long-established pedigree as an international financial centre and it has been a domicile for alternative funds for years, but it was the introduction of legislation establishing the Experienced Investor Fund fo...Read more



Emerging Market Funds Look Hot, but May Soon Cool
Apr 15/09
Hedge funds that invest in emerging markets were a bright spot for the industry last month, earning more for their investors than funds using any other strategy. But that may not mean investors should rush to get in, Dow Jones ...Read more



Lori Murphy Barton, CA CFA, Joins Castle Hall Alternatives as Managing Director
Apr 15/09
Castle Hall Alternatives, the hedge fund industry’s leading provider of independent operational due diligence, announced today that Lori Murphy Barton, CA CFA, has joined the firm as Managing Director. ...Read more



Remember that new Hedge Fund ETF (QAI)?
Apr 14/09
Now you can investing in a Hedge Fund ETF, but not have to front millions, just pick it up for $25 a share.  The IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker (ETF) (NYSE:QAI) is up a staggering 0.6% since its birth on March 25th. The ...Read more



Another View: Ponzi Schemes Raise Tax Questions
Apr 14/09
Joseph D. Ament of law firm Much Shelist Denenberg Ament and Rubenstein in Chicago suggests that recent tax guidance for victims of Ponzi schemes leaves many questions unanswered. Mr. Ament is also a professor of taxation and a...Read more



Three out of five hedge fund strategies post negative returns
Apr 14/09
Three of the five hedge fund strategies published by Dow Jones Hedge Fund Indexes posted negative returns for the month of March. The two strategies posting gains for the month also ended the first quarter in positive territory...Read more



Hedge funds to shrink by 60% as scandals and downturn batter sector
Apr 14/09
The controversial hedge fund industry is likely to shrink by 60% as a result of the Bernie Madoff fraud and other recent crises, according to sector insiders. Analysts predict the sector, which has been particularly...Read more



Unloved hedge funds battle public anger
Apr 14/09
The secretive hedge fund industry is battling to dispel public "hysteria" over its role in the global financial crisis and faces an uphill struggle to mend its battered image. Criticism of hedge funds has got louder i...Read more



HSBC Sees 'Tipping Point' in Hedge Fund Outflows
Apr 14/09
HSBC Global Asset Management says it is finally seeing inflows into some of its hedge funds and believes it may have reached a "tipping point" after a tough period of client withdrawals. Bill Maldonado, head of alte...Read more



CAIA Association Acquires AllAboutAlpha.com
Apr 14/09
The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst CAIA Association announced today that it has acquired AllAboutAlpha.com, one of the leading online voices of the alternative investment industry.  "The integration of AllAbout...Read more



Hedge funds to shrink by 60% as scandals and downturn batter sector
Apr 13/09
THE controversial hedge fund industry is likely to shrink by 60% as a result of the Bernie Madoff fraud and other recent crises, according to sector insiders. Analysts predict the sector, which has been particularly h...Read more



Former Hedge Fund Manager Held Without Bail
Apr 13/09
Authorities Say Man Fled Country After Defrauding Investors Of Nearly $200 MillionWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A former hedge fund manager accused of swindling investors of nearly $200 million will remain held in federal custody.A...Read more



HSBC sees "tipping point" in hedge fund outflows
Apr 13/09
HSBC (HSBA.L) Global Asset Management says it is finally seeing inflows into some of its hedge funds and believes it may have reached a "tipping point" after a tough period of client withdrawals. Bill Maldonado,...Read more



Hedge Fund Managers With Most Assets Face EU Rules
Apr 13/09
Hedge fund managers with the largest 15 percent of portfolios in the European Union would have to report risks, debts and trading activities to regulators under a draft proposal to tighten oversight after the financial cris...Read more



Kumar, Ex-TPG-Axon Partner, Said to Start Hedge Fund
Apr 09/09
Hari Kumar, a founding partner of New York-based asset manager TPG-Axon Capital Management LP, is starting his own hedge fund with $75 million of initial capital from him and a partner, said two people familiar with the pl...Read more



S.E.C. Airs Proposals to Restrict Short-Selling
Apr 09/09
Seeking to restore investor confidence in the markets, securities regulators made several proposals on Wednesday that would restrict investors from betting on a stock’s decline at specific times. The proposed rules are meant...Read more



Luxembourg assets fall nearly one third
Apr 09/09
Assets domiciled in the Grand Duchy may have fallen in 2008 but the number of funds is up. Luxembourg-domiciled fund assets fell by nearly 30% to $2,152 billion by the end of 2008, down from $3,024 billion in 2007, according ...Read more



S&P rally goes unexploited by hedge funds
Apr 09/09
Hedge funds failed to take advantage of the sharp rally in equities in March as their generally defensive stance meant the average fund across all investment strategies gained less than 2 per cent even as the benchmark S&P...Read more



Hedge fund fraudster to pay $2.78M
Apr 09/09
A Massachusetts federal court has ordered a British man to pay $2.78 million in restitution, interest and penalties for orchestrating a scheme to defraud more than 60 investors who invested in his phony hedge fund operati...Read more



Ex-Hedge Fund Exec. Charged With GM Turnaround
Apr 09/09
A former hedge fund executive has been dispatched from Washington to Detroit to help speed General Motors’ turnaround. Harry Wilson, a former partner at Silver Point Capital, is leading a team of 15 from President Barack Obam...Read more



SEC Chair Outlines Agenda; First Up: Short Sales
Apr 08/09
In a speech before the Council of Institutional Investors yesterday, SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro outlined the SEC's near-term agenda. Dave Lynn summarizes highlights of Schapiro's speech in his post today in TheCorporateCounsel....Read more



White House ponders: Are some hedge funds too big to fail?
Apr 08/09
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- When the $9.2 billion Connecticut hedge fund Amaranth Advisors collapsed in 2006, securities attorneys jumped all over each other to express gleefully how the markets absorbed such a mega-fund failur...Read more



Hedge Funds Rose 1.8% in March for First Gain in 2009
Apr 08/09
Hedge funds rose an average of 1.8 percent in March, the first monthly gain of the year, led by managers who trade stocks, according to a report by Hedge Fund Research Inc. Funds returned 0.52 percent in the first q...Read more



Giving Up the Hedge-Fund Rat Race–At Age 28
Apr 08/09
Wasim Rehman, the 28-year-old head of risk controls at the hedge fund manager Marshall Wace, has resigned from the partnership and plans to retire from the investment industry.In a statement to the market this morning, Marshall ...Read more



SEC Sues Toronto Hedge-Fund Manager for Ponzi Scheme
Apr 08/09
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued a Toronto hedge-fund manager, claiming he touted himself as a Chinese Warren Buffett while raising as much as $75 million for a fund the agency said became a Ponzi scheme. ...Read more



Canada: FINRA Proposes New Registration Category For Investment Bankers
Apr 08/09
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) has proposed a new limited representative registration category for investment banking professionals doing business in the United States. The rule (NASD Rule 1032(i)) al...Read more



Hedge fund assets to fall by 20% in 2009
Apr 08/09
Assets decline 9% in the first two months of the year as redemptions surge. Hedge fund assets under management fell by nearly 30% in 2008, and could fall another 20% this year, according to a report...Read more



Porn Hedge Fund Founder Refutes Fraud Claims
Apr 08/09
Is last year’s most provocative hedge fund launch just another fraud? Sources close to AdultVest Inc., which manages the Priapus Investment Fund, an adult entertainment hedge and private equity fund, say that it is spending in...Read more



Revealed: hedge fund and PE leverage, amongst other strictures
Apr 07/09
Managers of hedge funds and private equity will need to be registered, hold a minimum level of capital and provide regulators with information on both the size and source of their borrowings, according to a draft EU propo...Read more



Fund managers switch focus to risk transparency
Apr 07/09
Fund managers are focused on building up disclosures, a report by software provider Sophis has revealed. Hedge funds and asset managers are increasingly prioritising transparency to address the lack of investor confid...Read more



Japan’s Hedge Funds Shun Trading Models to Find ‘Hidden Jewels’
Apr 07/09
Hideki Wakabayashi sat through 500 meetings with company executives before settling on the stocks that produced a 13 percent advance last year for the long-short equity hedge fund he runs at Tokyo-based Finnowave Investmen...Read more



Partner in defunct fund faces US court
Apr 07/09
A partner in KL Group, a now-defunct Florida hedge fund company that defrauded investors of nearly $200 million (134 million pounds), appeared in a U.S. court on Friday following his capture in South Korea after years on the ...Read more



US hedge fund Harbinger swings to gains
Apr 07/09
Hedge fund firm Harbinger Capital Partners LLC swung into the black with investors saying the flagship fund gained between 6 and 8 percent in the first quarter. That is good news for the New York-based firm, run by Philip F...Read more



Small funds look to benefit from US Treasury's toxic asset rethink
Apr 07/09
Hedge funds and small fund companies could receive US government loans to buy troubled securities from banks after the Treasury changed the rules of its $1,000bn (£679bn) toxic assets plan amid fears it would only benefit...Read more



Societe Generale Paris Hedge-Fund Team Quits, La Tribune Says
Apr 07/09
Societe Generale’s Paris-based hedge-fund team that ran the SGAM Alternative Investments portfolio has quit, La Tribune reported, without saying where it got the information. The group was led by Arie Assayag, the newspap...Read more



SEC to mull 4 short-selling rules
Apr 07/09
Proposals include the restoration of the "uptick rule," which allowed short sales only when the last sale price was higher than the previous price. window.onerror=function(){clickURL=document.location.href;...Read more



Hedge funds and banks feel wrath of the G20
Apr 06/09
Even though the G20 consists of the most elite governments around the world, who between them handle the vast majority of international trade, it seems many are unwilling to take any share of the blame for the ongoing worldwide...Read more



‘Alternative’ fund managers face rule change
Apr 06/09
Sweeping new rules would require all hedge fund and private equity managers in Europe to detail their activities to financial regulators and meet minimum capital requirements.A draft of a proposed European Union directive, seen...Read more



US bill would boost hedge fund, private equity tax
Apr 06/09
Legislation that would boost the tax rate paid by many hedge fund and private equity fund managers was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Democratic Rep. Sander Levin, an aide to Levin said on Friday. ...Read more



Iosco welcomes G20 communiqué
Apr 06/09
The International Organization of Securities Commissions has welcomed the statement of the G20 as an endorsement of its recent work to close the regulatory gaps in financial securities markets. Jane Diplock, chairman of Iosco'...Read more



Fair value revisions would hurt hedge fund industry, says Pluris
Apr 06/09
Proposed revisions to the 'fair value' accounting standard, FAS 157, would weaken the standard and create inconsistencies in valuations, according to Espen Robak, president of Pluris Valuation Advisors. In a comment letter fil...Read more



Canadian Hedge Fund Manager Barred For Immigration Fraud
Apr 06/09
A San Francisco hedge fund manager has found himself ensnared in the U.S. immigration bureaucracy. Peter Kuperman, a Canadian who works for the QED Benchmark Fund, has been barred from the U.S. for immigration fraud, according t...Read more



G-20 Agree On New Hedge Fund Oversight
Apr 03/09
The leaders of the world’s leading economies agreed on the broad outlines of a new regulatory framework, one that includes stricter limits on some—but not all—hedge funds. The Group of 20, meeting in London, issued a joint st...Read more



Hedge Funds Get Earful From Clients About Fees, Withdrawals
Apr 03/09
Two years ago, German investment adviser Dieter Kaiser had to board a plane bound for New York to speak with senior U.S. hedge-fund executives. These days, those same managers visit Kaiser, the director of investment managem...Read more



AIMA puts positive spin on G20 outcome
Apr 03/09
The significant commitment to financial stability given by the Group of 20 at the close of the London summit has been welcomed by AIMA (the Alternative Investment Management Association).   "We welcome the new Fi...Read more



Highbridge's $1bn inflows signal tentative return to hedge funds
Apr 03/09
Hedge funds are back in the game. After a dismal 2008 that saw record losses and record withdrawals, investors are tentatively returning to the sector, prompted by signs that funds made money even as markets plunged this year....Read more

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