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Apr 12, 2012

Hedge funds see silver lining in Dodd-Frank law

April 12 (Reuters) – Some hedge funds are seeing a silver
lining in the Dodd-Frank law as it lifts the industry’s veil of
secrecy.

After years of resisting closer governmental oversight, the
$2 trillion industry grudgingly came to accept the new law which
requires all but the very smallest funds to register with the
Securities and Exchange Commission and reveal data that was once
released only to the funds’ wealthy clients.

Apr 4, 2012

For some prominent US hedge funds, a strong 1st quarter

BOSTON/NEW YORK, April 4 (Reuters) – A handful of prominent
hedge fund managers reported strong first quarter results after
the industry recorded dismal returns in 2011, but only a few
managed to top the performance of the rallying U.S. stock
markets.

Daniel Loeb’s Third Point Partners fund gained 7.1 percent
during the first three months of the year while his Third Point
Ultra fund jumped 10 percent, a person familiar with the numbers
said.

Apr 2, 2012

Loeb’s hedge fund launches site in war with Yahoo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb has intensified his firm Third Point’s proxy battle with Yahoo Inc, launching a website calling for a management shakeup at the online media company.

ValueYahoo.com, which went live on Monday, also boasts a blog, links to articles covering the proxy fight and biographies of four proposed board nominees, including Loeb himself. Loeb is using the website to line up support for Third Points’ positions ahead of Yahoo’s annual meeting expected to take place in June.

Mar 30, 2012

Dalio tops hedge fund rich list, Paulson exits

NEW YORK, March 30 (Reuters) – Three prominent hedge fund
managers each made more than $2 billion in 2011, a year when
most traders failed to earn money for their wealthy customers,
according to an annual survey by AR magazine.

Collectively, however, this exclusive group of the 25
richest hedge fund managers took a 35 percent pay cut last year,
when the average hedge fund lost 5 percent.

Mar 28, 2012

Analysis: Hedge funds register, wait for SEC to visit

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hedge fund managers are increasingly nervous about getting a knock on the door from securities regulators now that a new rule requires them to register as investment advisers and provide lots of data about their inner workings as a result.

Hundreds of large managers, which already employ sizable legal teams, took the mechanics of meeting the March 30 deadline in stride, industry consultants say.

Mar 19, 2012

Hedge funds ditch Treasuries in droves-report

NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) – A good deal of the recent
flight from U.S. Treasuries has been driven by hedge fund
selling, according to a Wall Street analyst.

Hedge funds and other large investors sold 78 percent of
their holdings of 2-year Treasury note futures in the week ended
March 13, said Bank of America/Merrill hedge fund analyst Mary
Ann Bartels in a report released Monday.

Mar 15, 2012
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When it comes to its hedge funds, Goldman is on the CAIS

By Katya Wachtel

Goldman Sachs’s own hedge fund product  — like the now defunct Global Alpha — is generally reserved for the checkbooks of the investment bank’s wealth management clients. But not always.

For investors looking to get a piece of a Goldman hedge fund for a discount (and without having to actually be a Goldman private wealth customer) the investment bank is offering one of its commodity-focused hedge funds on a third party platform: CAIS.

Mar 14, 2012

Goldman chief responds to op-ed by former employee

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein issued an internal response to the biting opinion column in Wednesday’s New York Times that was penned by a former employee who said the company’s culture has become “toxic and destructive.”

In a statement to employees, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, Blankfein and Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn hit back at accusations made by Greg Smith, a former vice president, that the investment bank has become more focused on profits than meeting the needs of its clients.

Mar 13, 2012

More losses for Paulson, this time in personnel

NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) – Robert Lacoursiere, the
Paulson & Co partner who oversaw the hedge fund’s investments in
the banking sector, quit last week according to people familiar
with the departure.

Lacoursiere is leaving to launch his own hedge fund, those
people said. His exit was reported earlier by Bloomberg News.

Mar 13, 2012

Hedge funds launches surged in 2011

March 13 (Reuters) – The number of new hedge funds
surged last year to the highest level since 2007, despite one of
the most miserable annual performances in the industry’s
history, according to data released on Tuesday.

The number of new hedge funds totaled 1,113 in 2011,
according to fund tracker Hedge Fund Research. While that figure
did not eclipse the 1,197 launches in 2007, it was the most
openings since the financial crisis.

    • About Katya

      "Katya Wachtel is a hedge fund and big money reporter for Reuters. She hails from Melbourne. Australia, not Florida. You can contact her at katya.wachtel@thomsonreuters.com"
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