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Little impact of global crisis on Gulf hedge funds
Mar 12/09
The Gulf has not been as badly impacted by the turmoil as other regions around the world and regional markets would be among the first ones to recover from the global economic tumult, said panelists at the 10th Annual Hedge Fun...Read more



As Deals Get Done, a Hedge Fund Strategy Applauds
Mar 12/09
Despite all the recessionary gloom and doom, deals are getting done in the marketplace of public company mergers. That is good news for the hedge fund strategy known as merger/risk arbitrage. Ellen Greenspan, chief operating...Read more



Big Brother Bears Down
Mar 12/09
Does a crackdown on one of the oldest professions spell more regulation for one of the newer ones--hedge funds?As talk swirls over how to gain greater government oversight of banks and hedge funds, one of the world's most ancien...Read more



Early data show February hedge fund flows flat
Mar 12/09
Hedge funds likely held on to most of their assets in February, with preliminary data showing withdrawals were minimal, after investors pulled out hundreds of billions of dollars in the preceding five months. "Th...Read more



First hedge fund ETF and Russell 2000 Index fund launched on XTF
Mar 12/09
Deutsche Börse has expanded its XTF segment offering for exchange listed index funds with the admission to trading of two new ETFs on the pan-European Xetra trading platform. Investors now have the opportunity for the first ti...Read more



Hedge funds to jump at toxic asset loans
Mar 12/09
Wealth managers at Citi are telling their clients to watch for a burst of hedge fund activity in bad assets. The wealth investor says in its most recent note that the biggest opportunity for hedge funds is probably aroun...Read more



Madoff Tells Judge He’s Guilty in Ponzi Scheme
Mar 12/09
Bernard Madoff told a judge he pleads guilty to directing the largest Ponzi scheme in history, defrauding thousands of clients out of billions of dollars and becoming a symbol of investor distrust in the global recession. ...Read more



McMillan and Thackray Burgess Opening Calgary Office
Mar 12/09
We are very pleased to announce that the partners and shareholders of McMillan and Thackray Burgess have signed an agreement to found the Calgary office of McMillan LLP effective May 1, 2009.  How Clients Benefit McMil...Read more



Paulson May Have Made $428 Million Shorting Lloyds
Mar 12/09
Paulson & Co., the hedge fund run by billionaire John Paulson, may have made 311 million pounds ($428 million) since September by short selling Lloyds Banking Group Plc and HBOS Plc. The firm took short positio...Read more



OSC seeks receiver for Sextant hedge fund
Mar 12/09
The Ontario Securities Commission is seeking to appoint a receiver and manager of "all the property and assets" of Sextant Capital Management Inc. and related entities of the hedge fund company which is the subject of...Read more



Hedge funds to suffer further in scramble for cash
Mar 11/09
The hard-hit hedge fund industry will shrink back to 2005 levels of around $1 trillion (728 billion pounds) this year as cash-needy investors, rocked by the Bernard Madoff scandal and further performance losses, get a chance to ...Read more



Investment managers lack sufficient knowledge to manage risk optimally
Mar 11/09
Current practice in the investment industry fails to draw on widely-published and freely-available techniques in portfolio management techniques, according to the Risk and Asset Management Research Centre at French business sch...Read more



Hedge funds 'won't target financials'
Mar 11/09
An independent monitor of local hedge funds has rubbished claims the funds would target domestic financial stocks if their short selling ban was lifted. Australian Fund Monitors' chief executive Chris Gosselin ho...Read more



Hedge funds to cut 20,000 jobs in 2009
Mar 11/09
Battered by losses and redemptions, hedge funds worldwide could slash some 20,000 jobs this year as the outlook for investment managers remains dim. The Options Group, a Wall Street recruiting and compensation firm, on...Read more



Economy "will put greater value on large, stable hedge funds"
Mar 11/09
The uncertain economic climate will place a greater value on larger, more stable hedge funds in 2009, according to the hedge fund group at Global Investment House. It says larger funds will be in a position to benefit from num...Read more



Pension Plans With $900B Want to Keep Investing in Alternatives
Mar 11/09
U.S. pension plans that invest more than $900 billion on behalf of their members said Tuesday that they should have freedom to invest in a full range of opportunities, including alternative investments like hedge funds and pri...Read more



Hedge Shorting Success Grist For Uptick Rule
Mar 11/09
Shorting the finance sector has bolstered hedge fund performance, and that in turn has lent to the push in America for the reinstatement of the uptick rule cited by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank today. So far in 2009, the HFN Short ...Read more



Hedge Funds Lost $11 Billion in February on Economy
Mar 11/09
Investors pulled out a total of $11 billion from hedge funds in February as stocks worldwide tumbled amid signs a global recession is deepening. Redemptions were about a third of the value in January, after the industry lost...Read more



Hedge funds move into black
Mar 10/09
After the worse year on record last year, hedge funds are making a controversial come-back by generating stellar returns on the back of falling financial stocks. The Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index outpe...Read more



Madoff To Plead Guilty Thursday
Mar 10/09
Bernard Madoff, accused of orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from the alleged $50 billion fraud later this week. Madoff will appear in Manhattan federal court ...Read more



Hedge Funds May Cut 20,000 Jobs as Losses Erode Fees
Mar 10/09
Hedge funds may cut 20,000 workers worldwide this year, a record 14 percent of the industry’s jobs, as investment losses and client withdrawals erode fees. The dismissals will come on top of the 10,000 jobs that disappeared l...Read more



U.S. hedge fund takes HSBC short, repeats HBOS ploy
Mar 10/09
U.S. hedge fund Harbinger Capital is the first company to declare a short position in HSBC (HSBA.L) (0005.HK) following the bank's record rights issue, after making millions from a similar tactic with UK bank HBOS last yea...Read more



Australian Hedge Funds Decline 0.7% in February
Mar 10/09
Australian hedge funds lost money in February, snapping two months of gains, as a stocks slide and ban on short selling financial shares weighed on equities funds. The Australian Fund Monitors Index, which tracks the perf...Read more



Hedge fund hotel yields up secrets
Mar 10/09
It is Mayfair's house of financial horrors. Owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family, One Curzon Street is among London's flashiest office blocks. But behind the elegant curves, polished white stone, sweeping windows and panoramic ...Read more



Funds of Hedge Funds Industry Shrinks by 30%
Mar 10/09
Funds of hedge funds industry shrinks by 30%   Says InvestHedge Billion Dollar Club survey     •   The funds of funds industry, which until June had more than $1 trillion in assets, lost more than $...Read more



Hedge Funds Beat Stock Market in February, HFR Says
Mar 09/09
Hedge funds outperformed stocks and bonds last month, falling an average of 0.51 percent, according to a report by Hedge Fund Research Inc. The decline left funds with a 0.59 percent loss in the first two months of the ye...Read more



Absolute-Return Funds Promise the Holy Grail: Jane Bryant Quinn
Mar 09/09
Gather round, children, to hear about the investments you’ve been waiting for. They suggest that you might get positive returns in any economic climate, regardless of whether stocks are going up or down. Wait -- don’t run! I...Read more



Hedge funds turn to gold
Mar 09/09
Hedge fund investors who made money last year by betting against investment banks are now buying gold as a way of betting against central banks. The gold bulls include David Einhorn, founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, w...Read more



Hedge funds come in from the cold
Mar 09/09
In little over a fortnight, the Financial Services Authority will publish proposals that hedge funds should be allowed to be sold to small investors. This means that at least some of these funds could be marketed directly...Read more



From Madoff to Stanford, sleuths chase assets
Mar 09/09
While accused hedge fund swindler Arthur Nadel sits in a Manhattan jail, Burton Wiand is busy seizing control of his assets -- a 453-acre mountainside tract of land in North Carolina, several airplane hangars and a jumble of b...Read more



British Hedge Fund Manager Gets Four Years For Fraud
Mar 09/09
A British hedge fund manager accused of swindling investors out of £15 million was sentenced to four and half years in prison on Friday. Marc Duchesne pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at his trial in London. According ...Read more



Hedge fund makes £13m short-selling Aviva
Mar 09/09
Lansdowne Partners, the hedge fund, has made almost £13m from a short position in Aviva – and stands to make more if the beleaguered insurer announces a rights issue. The London-based investor has had a net short position on...Read more



A fund manager who protested too much
Mar 06/09
An outraged Mark Bloom claimed a hedge fund stole from his investors. Prosecutors believe he did, to.When Mark Bloom was arrested last week in New York for allegedly bilking clients of North Hills Fund, the case marked a new low ...Read more



36 South Plans Inflation Hedge Fund After 236% Black Swan Gain
Mar 06/09
36 South Investment Managers Ltd., a New Zealand-based hedge fund firm set up by derivatives traders, will close its Black Swan Fund after it gained 236 percent in the last 12 months and start a fund that wagers on inflation. ...Read more



Colorado Foundation’s Faith in Hedge Funds Unshaken Market Rout
Mar 06/09
Christopher Bittman, head of the $1 billion University of Colorado Foundation, is committing more money to hedge funds even after the industry handed investors record losses last year. Bittman plans to add as much as $30...Read more



Are hedge funds banking on insurance killing?
Mar 06/09
Are life insurance companies the new banks? They seem to think so. Aviva, the largest British insurer, was blaming bear raids by short-sellers yesterday for the astonishing 33 per cent plunge in its share price. Investors seem...Read more



Hedge-Fund Destruction Is the Route to Salvation: David Reilly
Mar 06/09
Like plenty of financial players, hedge funds are taking a beating. Many once-high-flying managers have been swamped by losses. Others have abandoned the business after discovering it wasn’t such an easy path to r...Read more



Crude May Reach $60 Should OPEC Cut, BlueGold Says
Mar 06/09
Oil may rise 35 percent to $60 a barrel should OPEC agree to cut production this month, according to BlueGold Capital Management LLP, the London hedge fund that returned 31 percent this year on energy trades. The O...Read more



Hedge fund take a beating
Mar 06/09
The crash of '08 carved almost a trillion dollars out of the global hedge fund industry, as a report released Thursday shows the sector lost a third of its assets in the last half of the year. Hedge fund assets fell 33 per cent...Read more



Hedge fund closures up sharply in 2008, assets down more than 30%
Mar 06/09
Driven almost entirely by declines in the second half of the year, global hedge fund assets dropped more than 30% in 2008 to just over US$1.8-trillion. While many hedge funds outperformed equity markets and other asset classes,...Read more



Judge Takes Sports Car from Nadel's Hedge Fund
Mar 06/09
Mark down one less toy for the boys at the hedge funds run by Arthur G. Nadel. A federal judge has approved ending a lease for a 2008 Maserati GranTurismo with Viking Management LLC, whose principals are Neil and Christopher Mo...Read more



The Good, Bad, and Ugly in Hedge Funds: A Manager's View
Mar 05/09
BusinessWeek reader and hedge fund manager Eric Jackson considers the pros and cons of his industry. Not too long ago, practically every newly minted MBA wanted to be a hedge fund manager, and investors—including many conservati...Read more



Bridgewater Tops List of Biggest U.S. Hedge Funds
Mar 05/09
 Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates Inc. overtook JPMorgan Chase & Co. to become the biggest U.S. hedge-fund manager, even as the firm lost assets during the industry’s worst year, according to a survey. Bridge...Read more



Hedge fund managers in portfolio are net short
Mar 05/09
* Says economies in "disastrous cycle", things to get worse * Hedge fund managers in portfolio are net short * Says credit a "terrible thing to buy"   By Laurence Fletcher LONDON, March...Read more



When Hedge Funds High-Flyers Crash
Mar 05/09
Not that long ago, hedge fund managers oozed money and power, snapping up contemporary art like chewing gum and basking in attention from investors eager to part with their cash. It’s a different world now. In the latest issue ...Read more



Institutions largest hedge fund investors: AIMA
Mar 05/09
Institutions such as pension funds and university endowments now account for more than half of the $1.4 trillion hedge fund industry's assets, surpassing wealthy individuals, trade body AIMA said on Wednesday. The Alte...Read more



Global Hedge Fund Assets Drop More Than 30% in 2008 to $1.8 Trillion
Mar 05/09
GLOBAL HEDGE FUND ASSETS DROP MORE THAN 30% IN 2008 TO $1.8 TRILLION *    Sharp decline in the second half of the year*    Further fall in assets anticipated for 2009*    Over 300 firms globally still run $1 billion or more in hed...Read more



Hedge Funds: Clipped
Mar 05/09
Hedge funds lost a record 21.44% in 2008 according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “2008 hedge fund losses were widespread, with ...Read more



Latest Alleged Ponzi Scheme Unravels In Texas
Mar 05/09
Another day, another alleged Ponzi scheme uncovered. This time, it’s from the heart of Texas, with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission accusing Ray White and his hedge fund of stealing $10.8 million from investors. U.S. D...Read more



Bernanke Says Insurer AIG Operated Like a Hedge Fund
Mar 04/09
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said American International Group Inc. operated like a hedge fund and having to rescue the insurer made him “more angry” than any other episode during the financial crisis. “If the...Read more

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