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A Hedge Fund Lesson for the Rest of Us

Date: December 27th, 2009
There are some things in this world that baffle us. One of them is how people who can flush billions of dollars down the toilet get a second chance. Case...

Crispin Odey earns almost $50 million from UK banking industry

Date: December 27th, 2009
Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has reported that he will pay himself approximately $47.8 million after Odey Asset Management reaped huge profits by betting...

Hedge Fund Replicators Gaining Momentum

Date: December 27th, 2009
Hedge fund replicators that attempt to mimic the returns of hedge fund indices are gaining some traction. The replicators have lower fees (1%-2%) and...

KKR’s use of Warren Buffett’s strategy off to a rocky start

Date: December 26th, 2009
Businessweek reports that Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), the firm whose strategy has been characterized by high-leverage buyouts for thirty years, is...

Coal for Christmas, SEC Freezes Accounts of Frenchmen for Sanofi-Aventis – Chattem trades

Date: December 24th, 2009
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it has frozen the assets of Nicolas Patrick Benoit Condroyer and Gilles Robert Roger. The...

Templeton Asset Management outlines lack of confidence in Taro Pharmaceuticals

Date: December 23rd, 2009
In a recent shareholder activist letter, Templeton Asset Management announced its decision to vote its shares against a proposal to raise indemnification...

Chelsea Clinton engaged to 3G Capital Management’s Marc Mezvinsky

Date: December 22nd, 2009
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has announced her engagement to longtime...

Adaptec CEO replaced by Steel Partners MD John Quicke

Date: December 22nd, 2009
Data solutions provider Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) has announced the appointment of John J. Quicke as Interim President and CEO of the company following...

Tyrus Capital's concentrated portfolio in GVT Holding raises eyebrows

Date: December 21st, 2009
Tony Chedraoui, former head of global event-driven investments at Deephaven Capital Management, launched his own fund Tyrus Capital in October with over...

Hedge Funds Distance Themselves from Stevie Cohen as Cohen’s Ex-Wife Alleges Insider Trading

Date: December 20th, 2009
Prominent hedge funds, including Blue Ridge Capital, Greenlight Capital, Third Point Management Company, Glenview Capital Management, and Maverick Capital,...

SEC Charges Hurricane Restoration Company and Executives in Post-Katrina Accounting Fraud

Date: December 19th, 2009
The SEC has charged Home Solutions for America, Inc., a hurricane restoration company based in Dallas and New Orleans, and seven of its executives for...

Facet Biotech Fends off Takeover Attempt from Biogen Idec with help from Baupost Group and Biotechnology Value Fund

Date: December 18th, 2009
Biogen Idec withdrew its bid for Facet Biotech Corporation as Facet’s board of directors denied the $17.50-a-share offer. To prevent Biogen from acquiring...

Tudor Capital, Brookside Capital & Woodbine Capital flush with inflows, stop taking new assets

Date: December 18th, 2009
Paul Tudor Jones’ Tudor Capital Management, Bain Capital’s Brookside Capital Partners and recently launched Woodbine Capital Advisors have stopped...

Fortress Investment Group Announces No 4th Quarter Dividend

Date: December 17th, 2009
Fortress Investment Group, a publicly traded hedge fund manager, announced that it will not issue a fourth quarter dividend. This will be the sixth consecutive...

Carl Icahn Builds 11.3% Stake in Take Two Interactive

Date: December 17th, 2009
According to SEC filings, Carl Icahn has amassed an 11.3 percent stake in video game publisher Take Two Interactive Software Inc. Icahn hinted that he...

Palo Alto Investors taking a Shareholder Activist approach against Gastar

Date: December 17th, 2009
Last week, Palo Alto Investors revealed that they had discussions with Gastar Exploration Ltd. (GST) regarding the potential for several proactive measures...

Jeffrey Gundlach's DoubleLine partners with Oaktree Capital Management

Date: December 16th, 2009
DoubleLine LLC, which was recently founded by TCW veteran Jeffrey Gundlach has formed a strategic partnership with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. In...

Is it acceptable for hedge funds to halt redemptions?

Date: December 16th, 2009
I would like to revisit one of the most contentious decisions some fund managers made in 2008: halting or gating redemptions. The 2008 crisis was substantially...

CalPERS Lobbies Congress to Back Wall Street Reform

Date: December 15th, 2009
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is seeking congressional support for legislation to plug regulatory gaps and prevent corporate...

Five charged in Axxium Mortgage’s $14.6 Million Fraud

Date: December 15th, 2009
Five defendants, from Axxium Mortgage Inc. and law firm Bennett & Doherty in Pennsylvania, are facing charges relating to 35 fraudulent mortgages totaling...

Hedge Fund Pitches and Presentation Best Practices

Date: December 15th, 2009
Marketing really has two primary components – building a brand identity and presenting that identity to the world in order to solicit interest in whatever...

BlueCrest Capital's "lightning-fast" trading advantage

Date: December 13th, 2009
With the competition for lightning-fast trades growing, European stock markets have begun to set up large data centers where hedge funds can set up in...

Hedge funds underperform in November, Many Investors bet Long on Gold

Date: December 11th, 2009
Consultant and advisory firm Hennessee Group LLC, which calculates the Hennessee Hedge Fund Indices using performance data reported from over 1,000 hedge...

NY-based Rockford Funding Group’s Early-Stage Ponzi scheme halted

Date: December 11th, 2009
The SEC has obtained a court order that halted a Ponzi scheme that raised over $11 million using a website and cold calling. New York-based Rockford Funding...

Twin Red Asset Management discusses Investment Strategy and Tactics

Date: December 11th, 2009
Founded in 2008, Twin Red Asset Management is a boutique asset management firm with a focus on discretionary short term equity trading with low net exposure....


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