The Great Debate UK

from The Great Debate:

Carried interest and the big lie

June 1, 2010

As an investment strategy, making private equity and hedge fund managers rich is a probable loser. As a tax policy, it is a guaranteed one.

The EU and the hedge funds: the vendetta goes on

May 24, 2010

You might have thought that, with the Eurozone in turmoil, the EU would have its hands too full to pursue its vendetta against hedge funds.

from Global Investing:

The art of being passive

February 26, 2010

Hundreds or even thousands of  "active" fund managers are competing to add alpha to beat benchmark indexes, be it in stocks, bonds or alternatives.

from Breakingviews:

Chinese short-selling will be no bear’s picnic

By Wei Gu
January 25, 2010

Hedge funds watching China's markets are licking their lips at what they see as the best shorting opportunity since Enron. But while plans to allow short-selling are imminent, this won't be a bear's picnic. Beijing's plans to allow two-way equity bets will give foreigners little chance. Borrowing individual stocks will be tricky, even for locals.

from Breakingviews:

Hedge fund investors need clearer picture

January 6, 2010

Only foolhardy parents would allow their children to reveal just the grades on their report cards they were happy with. Yet hedge funds are given this luxury in reporting their performance to compilers of sector-wide performance indices. The result is that while a single fund's track record is clear enough, hedge fund index returns still flatter the average fund. Investors would be smart to call for a clean-up.

from Funds Hub:

Robert Olman: Hedge funds adapt after ‘perfect storm’

November 13, 2009

Guest blogger Robert Olman is President of Alpha Search Advisory Partners.

The views expressed here are the author's own and do not constitute Reuters point of view.

from Funds Hub:

Short-sellers back in the money for now

November 11, 2009

For better or worse, hedge fund returns have a tendency to follow markets, in part because most long-short funds are net long most of the time.

The EU and Hedge Funds: silencing the dog that didn’t bark

June 12, 2009

Laurence Copeland

Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Investment trusts wrong target for EU

May 26, 2009

REUTERSWell-intentioned legislation often has the opposite effect. The European Commission’s new alternative investment directive threatens investment trust companies, an attractive form of pooled investment.

Baer bows to the inevitable

May 20, 2009

REUTERS— Margaret Doyle and Alexander Smith are Reuters columnists. The opinions expressed are their own —