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Hedge fund pool shrinks as assets grow, clients still bet on alpha – Steinbrugge

December 11, 2014

The hedge fund industry is on track to finish out the year both with record assets and a huge chunk of fund closures. Of the 240 funds launched in the third quarter 200 were liquidated, according to data from Hedge Fund Research. Year-to-date through September's end, there were 814 launches and 661 liquidations, HFR data showed.

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Equity bull market ongoing as Fed interest rate raise “years away” – Cumberland’s Kotok

December 3, 2014

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high for the third straight day this week. The S&P 500, since breaking the 2,000 level on Oct. 31 has since remained above that level.

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Marginal oil producers, gold investors heed caution ahead of OPEC meeting

November 13, 2014

Oil markets made history this week as Brent crude prices dipped below $78 to a four-year low. This comes ahead of a meeting by members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on Nov. 27th.  Up for debate is whether or not Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer, will decide to cut production.

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Activist investors don’t wait for red to sell

October 15, 2014

Stocks bleeding red are generally a good play for a short seller, who is betting on falling values. Yet activist investors do not wait for rattled markets the likes of which befell markets on Wednesday to sell short a particular company’s stock. Embedded in their sales pitch are well-crafted theories that attempt to challenge Wall Street’s sell-side mentality and, with that, reap a potential cash windfall.

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GMF @HedgeWorld West, World Bank/IMF and Financial & Risk Summit Toronto 2014

October 3, 2014

(Updates with guest photos and new links).

Join our special coverage Oct. 6-10 in the Global Markets Forum as we hit the road, from the West Coast to Washington to the Great White North.

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Billionaire fund managers pick stocks amid scarce macro investing themes – Sohn Conference

May 8, 2014

Billionaire hedge fund managers are still feeling a polar vortex-like chill even as spring emerges. One by one, they lamented the lack of “macro” ideas that investors can pin their returns on this week at the annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York.

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Bitcoin regulations could come as early as summer – NY regulator

May 1, 2014

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services

from Alison Frankel:

Sotheby’s shareholders defend activist investors in suit vs board

By Alison Frankel
April 2, 2014

The heat surrounding so-called activist investors -- hedge funds that buy up big chunks of a company's stock, then leverage their position to mount proxy campaigns or otherwise force boards to change the way the company is managed -- could hardly be more intense than it is now. Well, okay, maybe there would be even more controversy if Michael Lewis wrote a book about a genius upstart who defied accepted deal conventions and revolutionized corporate takeover battles. But putting aside the Wall Street tizzy inspired by this week's publication of Lewis's new book about high-frequency trading, the deal world's favorite topic remains activist investors like Carl Icahn, Paul Singer, William Ackman and Dan Loeb.

from Bethany McLean:

Is Steve Cohen the real target in this trial?

By Bethany McLean
February 5, 2014

The fate of Mathew Martoma, the former SAC Capital portfolio manager charged with the biggest insider trade in history -- more than $275 million in profits and avoided losses, says the government -- is now in the hands of a 12-person jury, which began deliberations in a Manhattan courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

from Unstructured Finance:

Jim Chanos, bad news bear, urges market prudence

By Jennifer Ablan
December 9, 2013

Prominent short-seller Jim Chanos is probably one of the last true “bad news bears” you will find on Wall Street these days, save for Jim Grant and Nouriel Roubini. Almost everywhere you turn, money managers still are bullish on U.S. equities going into 2014 even after the Standard & Poor’s 500’s 27 percent returns year-to-date and the Nasdaq is back to levels not seen since the height of the dot-com bubble in 1999.