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Money managers under the microscope

from Reuters Investigates:

Financial cyber-bullying?

"They love a conspiracy theory on the boards," David Jones, chief market strategist at spread betting firm IG Index told UK correspondents Rosalba O'Brien and Matt Scuffham when they were reporting for "The stock, the web, the CEO and his lawyers" . It's a look at some of the shenanigans around highly speculative resource stocks when they are discussed on message boards like  ADVFN and iii. Late-night gossip and personal insults are par for the course: some suspect organised short-sellers may be behind the talk. Given the high volumes of online trading in the UK, we wonder how long it will be before regulator FSA is forced to take a closer look.

Day-trader John Douce is sceptical about the boards' impact on stock prices

Day-trader John Douce is sceptical about the boards' impact on stock prices

Proving their worth? HSBC’s Bill Maldonado talks market neutral funds

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Bill Maldonado, head of alternative investments at HSBC’s Halbis unit, talks to Hedge Hub about how market neutral hedge funds have fared in 2008 and 2009.

Watch BlackRock’s Mark Lyttleton give his market view

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Mark Lyttleton, manager of the 1.5 billion pound BlackRock UK Absolute Alpha fund, gives his view on the recent rebound in the equity market and his outlook for the rest of the year and beyond.

Watch hedge fund manager Colin McLean give his market outlook

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McLean was speaking today at London leg of the Reuters Hedge Fund and Private Equity Summit.

A loud and clear call

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rtr1y8m4It may not have been a massive surprise, but ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet had an unwelcome message for hedge fund managers today.

The current crisis is, apparently, “a loud and clear call” to roll out regulation to all important market players, “notably hedge funds and credit rating agencies”.

Bouncebackability

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rtr1rmafHedge fund returns have bounced back in January after their bleak 2008.

Data from Hedge Fund Research shows they returned 0.39 percent in January, having lost 18.73 percent in 2008, although they gained 0.21 percent in December.

The start of a revival in hedge fund returns? Well, maybe, and maybe not.

One explanation is that returns are just bouncing back after losses were exacerbated by redemptions late last year.

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