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CalPERS: Why All the Fuss?

September 28, 2014

Much has been made of California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) decision to redeem some $4 billion of its assets from hedge fund investments. However, less is made of the fact that CalPERS manages some $300 billion in funds. This means that CalPERS had slightly more than 1% of its assets under management invested in [...]

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Hedge Fund Jobs—Yes They Are Out There

May 19, 2014

Employment within the hedge fund industry is the primary goal of many college and university students. It is also a goal to which substantial numbers of people currently employed in the broader financial industry aspire. The appeal of the hedge fund industry is understandable. Even those achieving the nadir in the industry can make jaw-dropping [...]

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Hedge Funds in 2013 – The Year in Review

January 7, 2014

The year gone by: One of record-breaking index growth, an explosion in the growth of the number of alternative investment firms, strategies that stretched the bounds of human imagination, and the establishment of long-delayed and much-scrutinized regulations. Whether it was a good year or a bad one for the hedge fund industry is a matter [...]

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An Element of Hypocrisy

October 1, 2013

SAC Capital Advisers, LLC has been embroiled in legal battles with the SEC for more than a decade, most revolving around the issue of insider trading. When the practice of insider trading among members of the Senate and Congress (including their staffers) received heavy media scrutiny in November, 2011; the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge [...]

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No Billboards—Not Yet!

August 9, 2013

Hedge funds will soon be venturing into uncharted territory—marketing sophisticated investments, once the purview of the über-wealthy and institutional investors, to the broader retail market. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), pursuant to a mandate put forth in the American JOBS Act of 2011, has finally met its duty under the law and lifted the [...]

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Is SAC Capital’s Claw-Back Policy Just a PR Move?

May 17, 2013

The term hedged fund was coined by Alfred Winslow Jones in 1949 and gained traction in the financial community largely because Jones was a financial journalist. Although Jones founded a private investment company, he was hardly the father of the hedge fund industry. It is more accurate to say he named the baby. Private investment [...]

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Are Hedge Funds Becoming Irrelevant

April 6, 2013

As the quinquennial of the financial crisis approaches, the intrinsic value of the hedge fund industry is being questioned by growing numbers of institutional investors. After nearly a decade of underperformance as compared to major equity indices, this should come as no shock. The real question is how this shifting paradigm threatens the hedge fund [...]

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Hedge Funds and Private Equity Segue to Real Estate

March 28, 2013

In the never-ending quest for alpha, hedge fund managers and private equity firms are turning once again to real estate. Bank REO Is the Target According to a recent article in Reuters, Blackstone Group LP has embarked on an innovative strategy which involves the purchase of bank-owned properties in targeted U.S. markets.  Currently active in [...]

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Hybrid Concentration Risk Challenges Hedge Fund Managers

June 26, 2012

The trend in recent years of institutional investors bypassing fund of funds and opting for direct investment into hedge funds based upon investment consultant recommendations is certainly no secret within the hedge fund industry. While the FoHF industry has experienced net redemptions each year dating to 2007, the number of institutional investors utilizing the service [...]

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U.S. Distressed Asset Hedge Funds Positioned to Capitalize on European Opportunities

June 11, 2012

As storm clouds grow darker still over continental Europe and trading markets the world over remain captive to the unfolding events, a number of U.S. distressed debt hedge funds have raised significant capital as of recent to best capitalize on the opportunity. The focus on the European crisis and the opportunities presented for distressed asset [...]

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