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Elliott Management, WestSpring Advisors, Marshall Wace and Scout make New Hires

Date: September 16th, 2009
In this week’s hire report, we look at recent hires made by hedge fund managers Elliott Management, WestSpring Advisors and Marshall Wace Asset Management...

CEOs, Boards and Management: Welcome to Club Crony

Date: September 15th, 2009
In response to my recent criticisms of Carol Bartz, her management team, and board at Yahoo! (YHOO), I've had some people ask me "How can you be against...

Fortress Investment Group’s Adam Levinson defends $300mm Bonus

Date: September 15th, 2009
Fortress Investment Group’s star trader and portfolio manager Adam Levinson spoke to the press for the first time since receiving a $300 million bonus...

Microsoft, Alibaba.com Execs Join Yahoo in Noticeable Share Dumps

Date: September 15th, 2009
In recently criticizing Yahoo!'s (YHOO) insiders for dumping $233mm in stock over the last 2 years, when they've only bought $103k in shares, I would...

D.E. Shaw & Co Expanding into the Middle East

Date: September 15th, 2009
D.E. Shaw & Co. has reportedly obtained a license to operate investment operations out of Dubai. According to a letter obtained by Bloomberg, the hedge...

Ramius Capital Group Buys Drug Companies, Moves out of ETFs

Date: September 14th, 2009
Ramius Capital Group’s most recent portfolio holdings reveal that the hedge fund manager has shifted its portfolio focus to drug manufacturers. The...

Why Did Yahoo's Carol Bartz Use Shareholders' Money to Pay Taxes?

Date: September 14th, 2009
Bobbie Johnson of the Guardian wrote a...

Logi Energy launches first Peak Oil Hedge Fund

Date: September 12th, 2009
Logi Energy LLC has launched the first hedge fund focused on energy investing under the theory of “Peak Oil.” According to HedgeCo, the fund will...

Eton Park Capital Acquires $300mm Stake in Cadbury

Date: September 12th, 2009
In a move pre-empting a potential hostile takeover of confectioner Cadbury plc (NYSE: CBY) by rival Kraft (NYSE: KFT) or other possible suitors, New York...

ESL Investments’ Edward Lampert Confident in Sears Holdings

Date: September 11th, 2009
Clearly, an article published in a late August Barron’s has struck a nerve with Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) Chairman and ESL Investments founder Edward...

Man Group launching onshore version of AHL strategy

Date: September 11th, 2009
Man Group plc announced yesterday that it was launching an onshore class of its AHL hedge fund. AHL is a $20 billion plus quantitative investment manager...

Five Conclusions on What Carol Bartz Had to Say About Selling Shares

Date: September 11th, 2009
Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo! (YHOO), appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning talking about their search deal with Microsoft, that she would've taken...

Hedge Fund Solutions, LLC Launches Catalyst Investment Research on Activist Investments

Date: September 10th, 2009
Research Uncovers Fundamentally Solid Companies With A Value Investment Catalyst Driven By Activist Investors -- (Press Release) --

The Deficit Rally

Date: September 10th, 2009
We are in the midst of a dollar-caused rally in the market. This may be strange, considering the dollar is down about 10% against a basket of the top...

Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital Buys Computer Hardware, Drug Companies and Banks

Date: September 10th, 2009
Maverick Capital’s most recent portfolio holdings reveal that the long/short orientated hedge fund bought up Computer Hardware, Drug and Banking companies...

Yahoo Insiders Should Be Shown the Door Out

Date: September 10th, 2009
Does a leopard change its spots? Not at Yahoo! (YHOO); every director and officer there seems to have a congenital affliction that is forcing them to...

David Ganek's Level Global Investors not just Surviving, but Thriving

Date: September 9th, 2009
The news this morning that Randy White, a senior professional from Level Global Investors, had left the firm had the rumor mills swirling. Fortunately,...

Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management Launches Value-Focused Credit Fund

Date: September 9th, 2009
Third Avenue Management announced yesterday that it was launching the Third Avenue Focused Credit mutual fund. Third Avenue and its Co-Chief Investment...

SEC Halts Leverage Group’s $40 million Ponzi Scheme

Date: September 8th, 2009
The SEC announced today that it had charged Philip G. Barry of Brooklyn, New York for operating a $40 million Ponzi scheme through his various firms:...

Former Korea Investment Corporation CIO Starts Blue Rice Investment Management

Date: September 8th, 2009
Korea Investment Corporation’s former chief investment officer, Guan Ong, has launched Blue Rice Investment Management, an Asian-focused credit fund,...

Hedge Funds and Microsoft Excel: Examining the Risks and Efficiency Drawbacks

Date: September 8th, 2009
Microsoft Excel is by far the most common application used in a financial environment. There are funds that run their entire operation using Excel spreadsheets;...

SAC Capital Fires, Now Rehires

Date: September 7th, 2009
SAC Global Investors LLP, the London-based hedge fund affiliate of Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, has rehired two investment professionals...

Threadneedle Asset Management Plans to Grow Commodities Fund

Date: September 7th, 2009
London-based Threadneedle Asset Management Ltd. is seeking to raise assets under management of its Threadneedle Commodities Crescendo Fund to $1 Billion...

Japanese Job Report: Carlyle Loses, Jupiter Asset Management promotes, and Alphex Investments hires

Date: September 7th, 2009
In today’s job report, we look at several major movements at Japanese based teams of the Carlyle Group, Jupiter Asset Management and Alphex Investments....

Hedge Funds that Met Redemption Requests in 2008 Starting to See New Inflows

Date: September 6th, 2009
Hedge funds that honored client redemption requests in late 2008 are beginning to see new inflows, while many of the hedge funds that halted redemptions...


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