from Photographers' Blog:

Cut off

By Maxim Zmeyev
October 22, 2014

Moscow, Russia
By Maxim Zmeyev

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky sits on a wall after he cut off a part of his earlobe during his protest action titled "Segregation" in Moscow

A fence, four meters high. Three things: the artist, a knife and an ear. Outside, 2 degrees Celsius. One second– and a stream of blood, obeying the universal law of gravity, flows down, adding a new color to the picture.  The artist, completely naked, will spend the next two hours with a knife in his right hand and a cut-off earlobe in the left.  He doesn’t blink, or perhaps I cannot see it. He is silent. He looks, but he doesn’t see. He’s frozen and only the cold air that hits him, shakes him, gives him shivers, brings out a man in him and not a Roman statue that materialized on the wall  enclosing the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry.  And of course, the blood, still flowing and which I will later see on his leg and his buttocks. A passing pigeon sits briefly next to him, taking a part in the protest – the artist and the wall become one.

from Expert Zone:

Indian hedge funds get knocked down but get up again

December 12, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The fortunes of hedge funds focused on India continue to twist and turn, with many plots and subplots. After witnessing widespread losses and heavy redemptions in 2008, Indian hedge fund managers bounced back remarkably to post a 50 percent return in 2009. They continued their good form in 2010, delivering healthy gains of 12 percent during the year.

from Unstructured Finance:

Greenlight’s David Einhorn slams Fed, again

By Jennifer Ablan
October 15, 2013

David Einhorn

David Einhorn is pointing at you Fed

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, one of the most closely followed managers in the $2.2 trillion hedge fund industry, is out with his latest investment letter and provides another lambasting of the U.S. Federal Reserve for what he describes as short-sighted policy decisions with regards to its continued quantitative easing.

from Global Investing:

US investors prop up emerging equity flows

September 6, 2013

U.S. mutual fund investors are ploughing on with bets on emerging market equities, according to the latest net flows numbers from our corporate cousins at fund research firm Lipper. Has no one told them there's supposed to be a massive sell-off?

from Global Investing:

After disappointing start to 2013, how will hedge funds catch up?

March 22, 2013

Despite the early-year rally in equity markets, some hedge funds seem to have had a disappointing start... yet again.

from Photographers' Blog:

Lipizzaners return home

September 14, 2012

By Heinz-Peter Bader

It was a beautiful late summer day with blue sky and not a single cloud when I went to the village of Piber some 200 km (124 miles) west of Vienna to see the world famous Lipizzaner horses. Well, actually, the 40 young studs were not famous yet, but some of them would be selected to become famous some day - members of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

from Unstructured Finance:

Hedge funds vs. darts

July 5, 2012

By Matthew Goldstein

The Wall Street Journal used to run a feature in which some of its staffers would periodically pick stocks by throwing darts against a target. The idea was to see how many times stock picking by pure chance could outperform the picks of a bunch of experts.

from Global Investing:

Three snapshots for Thursday

May 17, 2012

Fears that Athens is on the brink of crashing out of the euro zone and igniting a renewed financial crisis have rattled global markets and alarmed world leaders, with Greece set to figure high on the agenda at a G8 summit later this week. This chart shows the impact on assets since the Greek election:

from Global Investing:

Three snapshots for Wednesday

May 9, 2012

This chart shows the wide dispersion in equity market performance so far this year. In local currency terms Korea has a total return of nearly 12% and Germany over 10%, this compares to Italy at-6% and Spain at -16%.

from Global Investing:

Three snapshots for Tuesday

April 3, 2012

A good sign for UK growth - activity in Britain's construction sector unexpectedly accelerated in March, the Markit/CIPS  Purchasing Managers' Index rising to 56.7 from February's 54.3.