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...

Is Automation Inevitable in the Hedge Fund Industry?

The long arc of automation stretches back to the inception of the industrial revolution. Room-sized computers once performed calculations that can now be accomplished by cell phones, which include a calculator as an afterthought. In fact, our cell phones have many...

Hedge Fund Assets Under Management Reach New High

Having suffered five straight months of net outflows, the hedge fund industry turned a corner in February and posted net inflows of $7.9 billion, a number sufficiently robust to overcome January’s net outflows of $5.2 billion and put the industry in black ink for...

Who Survives the Crash at the Crossroads?

Not since Alfred Winslow Jones conceived the hedge fund, have negative sentiments with regard to the industry run so high. There is blood in the water and hedge funds are the wellspring. It’s True Many of the industry’s woes are self-inflicted. One could argue that...

What Does Buffett’s Hedge Fund Wager Prove?

Warren Buffett, a.k.a. the Oracle of Omaha, has long been a critic of the hedge fund industry. In 2005, his Berkshire-Hathaway shareholder letter included a challenge to the hedge fund industry in the form of a $500,000 wager, payable to the charity of the winner’s...
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