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Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The Ups & Downs of Alternative Investing.

Oct 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Alternative Investments in Context, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

It's that time of year when investment advisers are talking about asset allocation. Guest columnist Diane Harrison explains why you should never give up on your alternative investments.Read More


Cause and Effect: Or, Shooting the Messenger

Aug 27th, 2015 | Filed under: Behavioral finance, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Not even Schrodinger blamed the reporters for market irrationality. Saying out loud, "Hey, this cat is dead," doesn't kill the cat. Read More


Hedge Fund Assets to Increase a Quarter Trillion Dollars by Summer of 2016

Aug 19th, 2015 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge on why hedge fund AUM is set for an increase over the course of the next 12 months.Read More


Delivering Alpha Highlights: Part One

Jul 19th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Seekers, Alpha Strategies, Currencies, ETFs, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Larry Fink is "deeply worried" that the combination of share repo with high-yield debt is "one of the reasons why we have a below trend-line economy. We're not investing in the future as much as we should." Carl Icahn, predictably, has a very different view of what ails us. Read More


Vindication for Pirrong and Irwin: Why Are Trafigura’s Profits Up?

Jun 22nd, 2015 | Filed under: Commodities, Derivatives, Indexes, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Trafigura has done quite well from the decline in crude oil prices in recent months. So well, in fact, as to throw a harsh light on a story that appeared in The New York Times in December 2013. Read More


Activism: Why the Short-termers Can Be Right

Jun 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Much of the ubiquitous talk of the short-sightedness of nasty activist investors or traders is simply confused, analytically sloppy. It is a sort of confusion likely to have negative consequences to the extent that investors/traders themselves come to take it seriously. Read More


One Decision, Two Courts, Three Nations, Four Angles

Jun 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Seekers, Insolvency, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Faille is struck by a brief passage in the recent Nortel decision (the Delaware side of the Delaware/Ontario concord over allocation) that suggests the degree to which the United States dominates the patent-granting as well as the patent-litigating world. Like what the U.K. is for defamation.... Read More


What Happens When You Pick A Fight With Activist Hedge Funds

May 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Strategies, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The tear-jerker ending to a famous Broadway musical comes to Faille's mind as he contemplates the latest twist in the struggle over DuPont's board. Read More


Does the hedge fund industry benefit society?

Mar 30th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Guest columnist Donald Steinbrugge, CFA, looks at the bad rap hedge funds have gotten and talks about why it's not deserved.Read More


Yes, Speech is Free for Short Sellers, Too

Dec 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Legislation/Court rulings, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The success of Wynn's lawsuit would have chilled free speech by short sellers. So let us take a moment to celebrate its quick demise at the hands of Judge Orrick. As a general rule, though, when a plaintiff quotes an expression from a transcript that, in fact, is immediately preceded by the word "not," and the plaintiff leaves the "not" out of the quote ... things are knotty. Read More


Thoughts about Latest Insider-Trading Scandal

Oct 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The story on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, about the Dendreon/Provenge investigations, focuses on trading in Dendreon stock over a three week period, beginning with the date of an e-mail sent out on June 7th, 2010. Read More


Terwilliger’s Legal Troubles: Give Mark Cuban a Cigar

Aug 7th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Regulatory

The great thing about short sellers has always been that -- if they're good -- it's because they have a keen nose that can smell a boiler room. If they are open about what they're doing, they can also serve as a valuable red light for others in connection with overblown enthusiasms. Don't be the bag holder. Read More


Why are Hedge Fund Assets Reaching All-time Highs?

May 12th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Asset allocation, Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Performance, Analytics & Metrics

Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge looks at why allocators continue to invest in hedge funds, even when the media thinks they shouldn't.Read More


The Mere Whisper of the Name ‘Soros’

May 15th, 2013 | Filed under: Currencies, Forex, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Facile parallels notwithstanding, neither the argument Druckenmiller made at Sohn nor any other good reasons that may now exist for shorting the Aussie have a lot to do with the case against the pound in 1992. That tug-of-war occurred in a unique context, not here replicated. Read More


Hedge Funds as Metaphor: And Not in a Good Way

Apr 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

One take-away from David Stockman's new best selling book is that the phrase "hedge fund" may well be on its way beyond descriptive significance. In the public realm, a "hedge fund" is now as much a metaphor as is a "Trojan horse." It is becoming a metaphor for any institution's failure to hedge. Read More


Hedge Funds & the Global Economic Crisis: Willing Culprits or Easy Scapegoats?

Oct 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

“It was quite convenient to blame the Hedge Funds. They were an easy target, in that they were super-rich, a lot of them were American, and they were presented as bad people. They were blamed for what was happening to our banking system, which in reality was complete rubbish.”--Kate Walsh, Sunday Times, 2010.Read More


Old News (but still timely): Federal Common Law Torts Don’t Exist

Jul 6th, 2011 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

One of the long-term trends that the hedge fund industry, and many others, face is the fact that the new media have unpredictable and sometimes unsettling consequences for many ways of doing business, including ways of finding alpha. The case of Barclays v. Fly on the Wall illustrates some of those consequences.Read More


Three split-strikes and you’re out

Feb 21st, 2011 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

"Bernie" is back in the headlines, squawking from the jailhouse about how the banks and others should have seen his scheme for what it was - and actually may have. The broader question is whether suspicions about Madoff's bogus strategy would have made a difference.Read More


Study quantifies media biases regarding hedge funds and proposes way for hedge funds to exploit them

Jul 13th, 2010 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Hedge funds and the mass media have always had a love/hate relationship (with emphasis on the "hate" part). But it turns out that an analysis of media word choices - and the choices of words in funds' own press releases - may contain valuable information. Read More


Hedge funds: Not the juiced-up, ready-to-destroy-financial-markets types many believe

Jun 9th, 2010 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

A new report on the challenges faced by the hedge fund industry reveals some somewhat positive news: that hedge funds weren't the renegade, levered up, ready-to-destroy-the-global-financial-markets types that many believed.Read More


Cold Snap: What’s a “frozen” hedge fund asset really worth?

Jan 3rd, 2010 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The administrator in charge of distributing the frozen assets of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. announced last week that it had struck a deal to return some $11 billion to creditors. But how exactly are those assets being valued?Read More


Columnist argues hedge funds should be “regulated out of existence.” Time for a reality check.

May 21st, 2009 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Earlier this week a widely-read columnist provided a wonderful example of the challenges faced by those who wish to ban hedge funds - a lack of hard data.Read More


CDS Guilt Trip

Apr 1st, 2009 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Were Credit Default Swaps of symptom or a cause of AIG's downfall? Was AIG really a "hedge fund"? These questions and more are addressed in a new paper by the traffic cop in the "intersection of law and finance". Read More


More mystical dates

Feb 13th, 2009 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The so-called "D-Day" is here once again. With about 45 days left until the end of Q1, market watchers turn an eye toward hedge fund redemptions as a possible explanation for all that ails markets.Read More


Newsreel: Who’s writing these headlines?

Feb 11th, 2009 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

When we read some hedge fund headlines, we are forced to ask ourselves a critical question: WTF? (that's "Whither the facts...") Read More


Ponzipalooza

Jan 11th, 2009 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Now everyone from pensions to governments to legitimate hedge funds are in the Ponzi game. Given this, we guess it shouldn't be that hard for the SEC to rack-up the score. Read More


Signs of Hope

Nov 16th, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Barton Biggs says the hedge fund industry isn't coming to an end after all. What if he's right?Read More


Stigma of redemption gates fading fast

Nov 3rd, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Back in the old days (like, in August), shutting a "redemption gate" used to be a form of punishment. Now it's more like "tough love". Read More


Leaving Lake Wobegon

Oct 13th, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

What faces the asset management after the dust settles? Hopefully, a sober and renewed examination of alpha across all investments - not a renunciation of it. Read More


If hedge funds are “heading for the rocks”, it’s to rescue long-only castaways

Oct 2nd, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

There's no question that it's rough seas ahead for hedge funds. But the industry will weather this storm better than many think.Read More


HedgeWorld Through the Ages

Aug 17th, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The acquisition of Reuters by Thomson sounded the death knell last week for one of the industry's first online portals. Read More


Media Insana-ty?

Aug 14th, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Politicians have been doing it for years. But now journalists have begun to switch teams - joining the very hedge funds on which they used to report. Read More


Are hedge funds really “clinging to hope”?

Jul 8th, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

What's the difference between the hedge fund industry and Tom Hanks' character in the movie "Castaway"? Only one is clinging to hope.Read More


Respected columnist warns on hedge funds, prompting response from AIMA chapter

May 27th, 2008 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Regulation, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

A popular columnist says hedge funds might be the "next shoe to drop" as a result of the credit crunch - prompting one chapter of AIMA to speak out. Read More


More media malarkey

Apr 30th, 2008 | Filed under: Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Canada’s National Post reports that the FBI is now warning of hedge fund fraud (“FBI Warns of Hedge Fund Fraud“).  But in actuality, FBI Director Robert Meuller gave a 2,000 word speech last week in which “hedge fund” appeared only once – after a lengthy discussion corporate fraud, public corruption,Read More


Media turns hostile: 130/30 now “dubious” “overblown” “faddish” “hype”

Apr 21st, 2008 | Filed under: 130/30, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

A widely-syndicated column about the 130/30 "fad" misses the mark and sets the stage for years of public confusion regarding short-extension strategies.Read More


Is high hedge fund compensation really that new?

Apr 17th, 2008 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

There is little debate that top hedge fund managers make astronomical amounts of money. But are such amounts actually that new? If not, why are they an issue now?Read More


AIMA comes out swinging

Apr 8th, 2008 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The closest thing hedge fund managers have to a global trade association is apparently fed up with reading how its members are at the root of all that is evil.Read More


The assets are falling! The assets are falling!

Nov 11th, 2007 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

It's deja vu all over again this month as one early-reporting database pronounces that hedge fund assets - at least in one category - shrank last month.Read More


It’s Halloween and you know what that means for some media outlets…

Oct 31st, 2007 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

It's Halloween and you know what that means: spooky stories of haunted hedge funds and private equity slashers. This year's tale is presented by the London Daily Telegraph.Read More


Two ways to present “balance” in 130/30 discussion

Oct 25th, 2007 | Filed under: 130/30, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Two articles this week aim to provide a "balanced" view of 1X0/X0 funds. One because its analysis is dispassionate and one because it tries its darndest to create controversy.Read More


New York Times Dispels Hedge Fund Bubble Mythology – Nearly

Jul 8th, 2007 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

The New York Times concludes that there is little risk of a dot-com-style implosion of the hedge fund industry. We generally agree with this assertion. But recent hedge fund IPOs add a new dimension that now gives us pause.Read More


Bridgewater gives “alpha-centric” a thumbs-up

Jun 4th, 2007 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

"Alpha centric" turns out to be more than just a goofy term used by us as a placeholder until something better comes along.Read More


New York Post latest to butcher hedge fund risk story

May 7th, 2007 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

In a lesson on how rumors start, The New York Post reports this week that the Fed has issued an "unusual warning". This would be a great story, if only it was true...Read More


War of the Worlds (1938 version) unfolds on CNBC

May 6th, 2007 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

On Wednesday, May 2, Reuters ran a story about a New York Fed report on hedge fund correlation. But it appears that Reuters and several of its customers were a little to hasty going to print. Read More


Business Week hedge fund story is so “2005”

Apr 26th, 2007 | Filed under: Fees, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

Alpha Male takes issue with Business Week's apples to oranges comparison of hedge fund and long-only fees. Read More


Bubble, Bubble Hedge Funds In Trouble

Nov 1st, 2006 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

“Trouble is bubbling up for two more hedge funds. First, hot on the heels of Amaranth Advisors meltdown…” Institutional Investor reports on a couple of “troubled” hedge funds.  But although they are compared to Amaranth, which lost a king’s ransom, neither fund actually lost that much money for investors.  InRead More


Bursting Another Sort of Bubble

Oct 27th, 2006 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

By: Allan Sloan, Newsweek Published: October 30 Issue Newsweek’s Allan Sloan, “The Cruncher”, offers up some pretty weak evidence this week that a bubble exists in hedge funds: “Day after day, I hear about hedge funds’ growing power—we’re up to almost 9,000 funds with $1.225 trillion in assets, according to HedgeRead More