New York City Hedge Funds Need to Prepare for Halloween

We’re not kidding! Early in May of this year, New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio (D), signed a new provision in the New York City Human Rights Law, which prohibits a prospective employer from asking any questions about an applicant’s previous compensation. This law...

The Hedge Fund Industry Is On a Winning Streak

It’s mid-August and we have reliable data on hedge fund performance through July 2017. According to reports, hedge funds, in the aggregate, have achieved July gains of 0.88 percent and year-to-date gains of 4.27 percent, marking nine straight months of positive...

Hedge Funds Are Killing It in the First Half of 2017

According to this recent article in the Institutional Investor, hedge funds are enjoying their best year since 2009. This statement is based upon data from Preqin, which touts itself as “the alternative asset industry’s leading source of data and intelligence,...

Two Issues Are Looming Large for Hedge Funds

About six months from today, the European Union is scheduled to implement MiFID II, imposing a punishing regulatory burden on any firm engaged with the European markets. This ironic turn of events, given the current administration’s efforts to turn back the tide of...

Is the Hedge Fund Industry in a Battle for Its Life?

According to this article in the New York Post, “hedge funds are dancing with the devil”, but the persona of that devil is something of a mystery. Is that devil a hostile press or disgruntled investors? Is it the SEC and other lawyers cruising for a payday or is it...

The Capitulation of Leon Cooperman

Seven months ago, HFMA published Millions in Defense but Not One Penny for Tribute, an article inspired by Leon Cooperman’s SEC insider trading indictment. Recently, Mr. Cooperman forked over $4.95 million to settle the case. Cooperman was not asked to acknowledge any...

Hedge Funds Brace for the Rough Seas of Regulation

In a recent letter to clients, friends and associates, the prestigious firm of Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, warned readers of the potential Trump’s Executive Order, signed January 30, 2017, holds for changes to Dodd-Frank. In the days following the firm’s letter,...

Hedge Funds Need to Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Gains

Did anyone roll their eyes, just a little, after reading the headline offered by FINalternatives: “HFR Interim Update: Hedge Funds Steady Through Mid-April”.  Anyone? Is it appropriate to applaud the fact that the hedge fund industry is mired in mediocre returns...
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