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SEC Uncovers Wide-Reaching Insider Trading Scheme

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00:55 +0000

(HedgeCo.Net) The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced insider trading charges against seven individuals who generated millions in profits by trading on confidential information about dozens of impending mergers and acquisitions. Data analysis allowed the SEC’s enforcement staff to uncover […]



Hedge Funds Give Up Ground Through Mid-August

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:59:22 +0000

(FINalternatives) Hedge funds have given up some ground so far in August, according to a flash update from Hedge Fund Research, as equity markets slip, the dollar rises and asset volatility increased around geopolitical tension and valuation concerns. To read […]



Two Sigma Risk Premia Strategy Keeping Its Head Just Above Water

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:56:08 +0000

(Valuewalk) In a market environment where CTA and algorithmic strategies are struggling, systematic investment manager Two Sigma is no exception. In a July 13 letter to investors reviewed by ValueWalk, the Risk Premia strategy that manages factor exposure was up […]



Ex-Harvard Money Manager Is Launching a Digital-Currency Hedge Fund

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:54:14 +0000

(Bloomberg) Lewis Fellas, a former portfolio manager at Harvard University’s $35.7 billion endowment, is planning a hedge fund that invests in digital currencies such as bitcoin. Fellas, who left Harvard Management Co. in Boston last year, is launching Bletchley Park […]



Ackman’s Pershing Square Says ADP Needs to Streamline, Modernize

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:52:07 +0000

(Reuters) Billionaire activist investor William Ackman on Thursday said Automatic Data Processing Inc’s (ADP.O) stock price could double in the next five years if the human resources outsourcing company cuts costs, streamlines its business and invests in technology upgrades. Ackman’s […]



How the Next Quant Fund Crisis Will Unfold

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:50:21 +0000

(Bloomberg) Most everyone knows that this month marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. There was another significant event back then that gets overlooked but was still very significant. I’m referring […]



Michigan State Has 15.4% Annual Gain With Boost From Hedge Funds

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:48:17 +0000

(Bloomberg) Michigan State University’s endowment had an investment gain of 15.4 percent in its last fiscal year, thanks to the robust performance of hedge funds.“Our performance was driven by strong returns in our hedge fund portfolio, and active management was […]



After Alibaba Bonanza, Manager Said to Plan New Hedge Fund

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:46:34 +0000

(Bloomberg) Hari Ravisankar, who helped Janchor Partners make an eight-fold return on an investment in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is starting his own Asia-focused stock hedge fund, said people with knowledge of the matter. His Ishana Capital, based in Hong […]



Billionaire Barrage: Lee Cooperman Is Stepping Up His Attack Against Bill Ackman

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:44:41 +0000

(The Business Insider) Billionaire investor Lee Cooperman is stepping up his attack against fellow billionaire Bill Ackman. In a phone call with Business Insider on Thursday, August 17, Cooperman laid out an argument against Ackman’s attempt to change ADP, charging […]



Distribution of Alternatives – Technology and Democratization

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:42:23 +0000

(Harvest) Technology is prepared to bring significant disruption to the distribution of alternatives. Traditionally alternatives managers raise capital from large sophisticated investors through a series of in-person meetings and information exchanges. Private Wealth investors have looked from afar as access […]



Managed Futures As An Alternative To Corporate Bonds

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:40:48 +0000

(Harvest) Corporate bond risk is rising. Of course, with improvement in the overall economy and continued bond flows many will not believe it, but the statistical data suggest that spread moves are no longer symmetrical. There is more potential for […]



The Robots Are Coming… To Help You

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:39:01 +0000

(Harvest) Based on our analysis, the robotics industry will be much larger than most experts anticipate, but it will not drive the unemployment rate up. Collaborative robots have become a disruptive force in the traditional industrial robots industry, and will […]



36% Of Managers Offer Low- or No-Fee Alternatives To Investors

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:40:18 +0000

(FINalternatives) More than a third of hedge fund managers currently offer reduced or no-fee alternatives to their investors, according to a new survey from BarclayHedge, and a further 20% plan to do so in the next three to six months. […]



Hedge Funds Exit Consumer Discretionary Sector in Q2, Says S&P

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:37:48 +0000

(Hedgeweek) The latest S&P Global Market Intelligence Hedge Fund Tracker shows the top hedge funds managed approximately USD154 billion in equity holdings in Q2 2017, down slightly from the USD157 billion under management in Q1 2017. The total number of […]



Old-School Stocks Lifted Returns at This Japanese Hedge Fund

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:35:56 +0000

(Bloomberg) Akamatsu Fund, a $60 million Japan-focused hedge fund, is on track for its best returns in four years as bets on small-cap manufacturing stocks started to bear fruit. The long-short fund rose 2.2 percent in July, bringing its returns […]



Computer Error? Top Trend Following Hedge Funds Lose Out In 2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:34:03 +0000

(Reuters) Big computer-driven hedge funds such as AQR Capital Management, Aspect Capital and Two Sigma lost money in the first seven months of 2017, with human stock-pickers making better returns. The average hedge fund made 4.8 percent from the start […]



Trump’s New China-Trade Mistake

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:32:25 +0000

(Bloomberg) You may have a sense of deja vu. Once again, Donald Trump’s administration is stirring up a trade dispute with China. Once again, it’s doing so ineptly and without any obvious objectives. This time, the dispute concerns intellectual property, […]



Hedge-fund honchos including David Tepper are loading up on Alibaba

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:30:51 +0000

(CNBC) David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management and three other hedge funds took new stakes in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly filings. Appaloosa disclosed a 3.7 million stake in shares of Alibaba, according to […]



U.S. Hedge Funds Bearish on FAANG Stocks in Second-Quarter

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:28:48 +0000

(Reuters) Closely-watched U.S. hedge fund managers were generally bearish on the FAANG group of high-flying tech stocks in the second quarter, with eight such investors in aggregate cutting or liquidating 18 stakes in the companies, regulatory filings showed. The group […]



SEC Charges KPMG with Audit Failures

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:12 +0000

(HedgeCo.Net) The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that KPMG has agreed to pay more than $6.2 million to settle charges that it failed to properly audit the financial statements of an oil and gas company, resulting in investors being […]



Industry Assets Up $108B YTD As Hedge Fund Performance Recovers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:26:39 +0000

(FINalternatives) Asset flows to hedge funds continue to ride the sector’s performance recovery, according to new data from Eurekahedge, as nearly three-quarters of managers tracked by the company are in the green for the year and gains in industry-wide AUM […]



Overvaluation Fears Rise As U.S. Profit Expectations Plummet

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:26:08 +0000

(FINalternatives) A record 46% of global investors believe equity markets are overvalued, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s most recent monthly fund manager poll, while cash levels remain elevated at 4.9% and only net 33% of investors believe U.S. […]



Hedge Fund Elliott Raises Stake in BHP in Push For Change

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:21:27 +0000

(Reuters) Hedge fund Elliott Management has raised its stake in BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) (BLT.L) to 5 percent, bolstering its position to agitate for change at the top global miner, but signaled its support for the incoming chairman. New York-based Elliott […]



Bearish Odey Shorts Metal Stocks on China Slowdown

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:17:34 +0000

(Bloomberg) Crispin Odey, the hedge fund manager who has stuck to bearish bets despite booming global markets, is shorting metal stocks in anticipation of slowing economic growth in China. Miners from Glencore Plc to BHP Billiton Ltd. have jumped since […]



U.S. Hedge Funds Circle High-Flying Tech Stocks in Q2 -SEC filings

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:15:41 +0000

(Reuters) U.S. hedge fund managers were active in the FAANG group of high-flying tech stocks in the second quarter, with Third Point increasing its stake in two of the companies and Omega Advisors trimming stakes in three, regulatory filings showed. […]



Pershing Square Says ADP CEO Misled Board on talks with Hedge Fund

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:13:22 +0000

(Reuters) Activist investor Pershing Square Capital Management LP said on Monday the chief executive of Automatic Data Processing Inc (ADP.O) had “unfairly characterized” their interactions in an effort to make the hedge fund’s requests “appear unreasonable”. ADP had earlier this […]



Scottish Fund Kiltearn Hit by Carillion’s Troubles

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:11:38 +0000

(Reuters) Scottish investment firm Kiltearn Partners has suffered a 70 million-pound ($91 million) paper loss on its investment in Carillion after the construction firm’s shares lost almost three quarters of their value following a profit warning in July. Carillion disclosed […]



Hedge Funds Break Up With Long-Adored Apple and Facebook Shares

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:09:07 +0000

(Bloomberg) Hedge funds have adored the FAANGs for so long it’s no wonder that two of them — Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. — are losing their appeal. Ken Griffin’s Citadel sold 3.4 million shares of Apple, the majority of […]



Hedge Funds Gamble For a Third Time on Oil Rebalancing

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:07:27 +0000

(Reuters) “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again,” goes the proverb used to encourage students. Hedge fund managers are becoming bullish toward crude oil and refined fuels for the third time this year and must be hoping […]



Activist Fund Corvex Targets ‘Undervalued’ Yogurt Maker Danone

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:05:35 +0000

(Bloomberg) Corvex Management, the activist fund run by Keith Meister, has built a stake in French yogurt maker Danone because it views the company as significantly undervalued, according to people familiar with the matter. The New York-based hedge fund owns […]



JPMorgan Launches New Algo-Driven ‘Dark Pool’ For Stocks

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:02:44 +0000

(Reuters) JPMorgan Chase & Co has begun trading on a new private stock trading venue, or “dark pool,” that lets its clients use the bank’s algorithms to buy or sell stocks at a benchmark price reached over a period of […]



Some of The World’s Largest Hedge Funds Are Getting Crushed

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:13:03 +0000

(The Business Insider) Some of the world’s largest hedge funds have lost money this year – or made barely any – even as markets have hit record highs. The funds are run by firms including Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge […]



SEC Announces Whistleblower Award of More Than $1.7 Million

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:11:31 +0000

(HedgeCo.Net) The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a whistleblower award of more than $1.7 million to a company insider who provided the agency with critical information to help stop a fraud that would have otherwise been difficult to detect. […]



Ackman: Interactions With ADP Chief Rodriguez ‘Unfairly Characterized’

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:06:55 +0000

(FINalternatives) Pershing Square’s looming proxy battle with payroll processing firm Automatic Data Processing took a new turn Monday as the activist hedge fund said in an SEC filing that ADP had “unfairly characterized” the interactions between Pershing Square CEO Bill […]



Shorting China Commodities ‘Very Compelling’ Says Hedge Fund

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:05:03 +0000

(Bloomberg) The bubble may be about to burst for commodities pumped up by China’s efforts to reform its steel industry, presenting a compelling opportunity for investors to sell, according to hedge fund Academia Capital. While speculative buying has boosted raw […]



Energy Hedge Funds Look to Spreads, Margins as Long Bets Flail

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:02:00 +0000

(Reuters) For the oil-trading community, the fall of hedge fund manager Andy Hall signaled a heavy blow, but while commodity funds continue to shutter their doors, some are finding other ways to make money, including trading refining margins and calendar […]



Top Qualities of Successful Traders

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:00:08 +0000

(Equities.com) With so many traders and trade managers out there seeking to profit in the same market environment, how does an investor know who is best positioned for success? Fortunately, performing due diligence is not that hard if you know […]



Gold Buoyed as Hedge Fund Titan Sees Leaders `Playing Chicken’

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:58:14 +0000

(Bloomberg) Gold advanced to the highest in two months as the spike in tensions between the U.S. and North Korea fanned demand, with hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio flagging rising risks including “two confrontational, nationalistic, and militaristic leaders playing chicken […]



Ray Dalio Preparing For Gilded Post-Apocalypse

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:56:38 +0000

(Dealbreaker) Like the rest of us, Ray Dalio has been on a bit of a roller-coaster ride since Nov. 8 of last year. Indeed, if anything, he’s been whipsawed even more violently, because as much as $17 billion helps cushion […]



Hedge funds get some respect as passive wave grows

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:52:32 +0000

(Pension & Investments) The decade long growth of cheap index funds is giving hedge funds an unexpected influence in setting market prices. As investors hand more of their money to passive managers and active stock pickers get sidelined, hedge funds’ […]