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The Varoufakis Tape: Part Two

Aug 4th, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies

Faille returns to the matter of a recorded conversation in which a former Greek finance minister talked about German ideas that ought to have the French government worried. Specifically, it is allegedly Werner Schäuble’s intention to scare the French into abandoning sovereignty. Greece is just a pawn. Read More

The Varoufakis Tape: Part One

Aug 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies

In a newly released recording (of a conversation apparently intended to remain secret somewhat longer), the former finance minister discussed the cloak-and-dagger task force that had drawn up plans for a Grexit. And, looking forward, he talked about German ideas that ought to have the French government worried.Read More

Bitcoin: Three Bits of News on a Microcosm

Nov 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Technology

A bitcoin-mining fire, a survey of small and medium businesses and their levels of preparedness for bitcoin customers, and a new criminal accusation against an alleged ponzi scheme: all conribute to the sense that bitcoin is a microcosm of the whole financial world, good and bad. Read More

California says “no” to “Prop 19,” but grass is still greener on that side

Nov 7th, 2010 | Filed under: was broadcasting from the “Left Coast” of the United States last week.  We met with purveyor of gloom, boom & doom Marc Faber at a Los Angeles CAIA event, got stuck in the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade,  went to Sacramento along with California’s new “Governator,” JerryRead More

Newsreel: Fees – the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Hedgistan

Apr 25th, 2010 | Filed under: Fees

Like the ubiquitous volcanic ash cloud story, the hedge fund fee story kind of floats around for a while, then reemerges without warning to steal the headlines.Read More

Flotsam and Jetsam that raise some lingering questions

Jan 17th, 2010 | Filed under:

Today, we revisit a few notable news items that raised some interesting questions over the past week or two.Read More

Holiday Newsreel

Dec 27th, 2009 | Filed under:

Here's a selection of news from the cutting room floor.Read More

A cornucopia of scrumptious news

Nov 24th, 2009 | Filed under:

All the news that's fit to eat this Thanksgiving.Read More

Summer of 1000 Posts: Alternatives in the Mainstream

Aug 30th, 2009 | Filed under:

Today, we bring you the final installment of our “Summer of 1,000 Posts” (more…) This week we’ll be looking at alternative investments in the mainstream by pulling from our archives of posts on media coverage of hedge funds and hedge fund investing for retail investors.  Enjoy. Report shows that someRead More

Summer of 1000 Posts: Institutional Investing

Aug 23rd, 2009 | Filed under:

Today, we bring you another installment of our “Summer of 1,000 posts” (more…) This week’s sampling from our archives covers the topic of Institutional Investing… Shipping as an alternative investment Thought shipping was just a global growth play?  Apparently, it depends on how you measure it. BCG Forecast: Institutions toRead More

Summer of 1000 Posts: Hedge Fund Regulation

Aug 16th, 2009 | Filed under:

Today, we bring you another installment of our “Summer of 1,000 Posts” (more…) This week’s sampling from our archives covers the topic of Hedge Fund Regulation… Hedge Fund Standards Board issues rules on how to exit crowded theatres when someone yells “Fire!” Here’s a set of safety instructions every movieRead More

Summer of 1000 Posts: CAPM/ Alpha Theory

Aug 9th, 2009 | Filed under:

Today, we bring you another installment of our “Summer of 1,000 posts” (more…) This week we’ll be looking back through our archives to cull posts on the topic of CAPM/Alpha Theory… How Hollywood, lotteries and mutual funds show that all risk is relative Since the birth of the CAPM, empiricalRead More

Summer of 1,000 Posts: Portable Alpha and Alpha/Beta Separation

Jul 26th, 2009 | Filed under:

We had our official archivist pour over the first 1,000 posts to be published at in order to bring you a selection of posts on the topic of Portable Alpha and Alpha/Beta Separation.Read More

Newsreel: Rebounds, social markets, Saskatchewan and the “Triple Lindy”

Jul 20th, 2009 | Filed under:

E.M.H. R.I.P. W.T.F? In an ironic twist, the Economist suggests that financial engineering (and by extension the hedge funds built with its outputs) are built on the shoulders of the efficient market hypothesis.  Yet the much ballyhooed demise of the EMH should, in theory, pave the way for skill-based, alpha-centricRead More

Summer of 1,000 Posts: Hedge Fund Industry Trends

Jul 5th, 2009 | Filed under:

We had our official archivist pour over the first 1,000 posts to be published at in order to bring you a selection of posts on the topic of Hedge Fund Industry Trends.Read More

Newsreel: “Subscription gates”, Darwin and free trade in hedge funds

Jun 21st, 2009 | Filed under:

We’re in Chicago this week for the Managed Funds Association’s Forum 2009.  More on that later.  But for now, here is a compilation of some stories that caught our eye last week… Gates designed to keep investors out, not in It was bound to happen.  Reuters reports that: “A smallRead More

Friday Newsreel: You have to read it to believe it

Jun 5th, 2009 | Filed under:

All the news that's fit to blog about.Read More

Updates from the Windy City

Mar 31st, 2009 | Filed under:  rolled into the Chicago earlier today.  So if you see our tour bus rolling around the Windy City with the giant alpha symbol on the side, please wave and say hello. It’s tough to drive a bus and read hedge fund research at the same time though (until leadingRead More

Newsreel: Kitzbuhel, talent for a song, hand-me-down hedge funds, and mending lending

Mar 26th, 2009 | Filed under:

What do hedge funds have to do with double black diamond ski runs? Read and find out.Read More

Newsreel: Hedge funds described as “victims”, “easy targets”, but investors and managers remain bullish on 2009

Feb 1st, 2009 | Filed under:

In Echoes Of Madoff, Ponzi Cases Proliferate: Apparently, we weren’t the only ones struck by the sudden abundance of alleged Ponzi schemes (see Ponzipalooza).  The WSJ notes the same in this story.  The question remains, however: Just because you cash out at a fictitious NAV, is it a true PonziRead More

News Roundup: HF demise “exaggerated”, attrition data unremarkable, AUM rewinds to ’04

Jan 18th, 2009 | Filed under:

Just when the fate of the hedge fund industry seemed fixed, several news items remind us that all bets are still off. Read More

Newsreel: Why the Madoff saga doesn’t support “clamping down” on HF industry, 80% of HFs gone by spring, bad things happening to good funds and other ’09 predictions

Dec 28th, 2008 | Filed under:

End of the Hedge Fund? Unlikely, according to Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby who writes, “Even if you define Madoff’s investment outfit as a hedge fund, which for various reasons is debatable, there’s nothing in this saga that supports clamping down on the industry.” Hedge funds return to roots asRead More

Labor Day Newsreel

Aug 31st, 2008 | Filed under:

You may have noticed that our fancy-schmancy new website displays all of our discarded news clippings and displays them on right behind this panel in our “news clippings” section (check it out right now if you like).  However, if you don’t have the time or inclination to click on everyRead More

Newsreel: Investors not giving up on injured hedge funds

Aug 10th, 2008 | Filed under:

Despite injuries sustained over the past year, it seems that hedge funds can count on the support of institutions and rich guys. Read More

Newsreel: Freaky Friday (hedge fund edition), single retirees, and performance fees=performance freeze?

Jul 24th, 2008 | Filed under:

You have to see it to believe it.Read More

Weekly Newsreel

Jul 10th, 2008 | Filed under:

Giants launched with record $19.5 bln in first half: Industry concentration means that its feast and famine at the same time in the hedge fund industry. Swedish funds hope rules to change soon: The Swedish public pension scheme lobbies its government to allow more access to alternative investments.  As P&IRead More

Newsreel: Hedge fund headhunting, M&A, and scapegoats

Jul 3rd, 2008 | Filed under:

Busy week on the alpha-centric news beat

Jun 15th, 2008 | Filed under:

Last week was uncommonly busy in the world of asset management news. Here's some interesting stuff you might have missed...Read More

60″ plasma newsreel

Jun 7th, 2008 | Filed under:

New York Life 130/30 Webcast (video): New York Life Investment Management 130/30 video is now online.  Enjoy on your 60″ plasma screen with some popcorn. Institutional Investment Managers Predicted to Increase Hedge Fund Allocations by 25 to 50 Percent Over the Next Two Years: Wharton prof. says “You’d expect a certain proportionRead More

Weekly Newsreel: Free WiFi Edition

Jun 1st, 2008 | Filed under:

It always confused me how airline business lounges could charge extra for WiFi access.  After charging an arm and a leg for lie-flat seats and 290 hours of TV reruns, airlines still make you crack open the corporate credit card just to access the web.  Well, the friendly folks at our local StarRead More

Weekly Newsreel: Madrid, Stockholm, Maple Syrup and 130/30

May 25th, 2008 | Filed under:

Inalytics launches new service to analyse 130/30 funds: Thomson reports that “The firm specialises in quantitative forensic analysis to identify 130/30 managers that can add value from skill by verifying that their short positions actually generate returns.” Nervous alternatives managers could be leaving alpha on the table: P&I reports from “AlphaMax”Read More

Weekly Newsreel: “Disruptive innovation” in finance

May 18th, 2008 | Filed under:

Like countless new technologies before it, portable alpha has disrupted the otherwise steady evolution of things. But don't take it from us...Read More

Newsreel from the Danube

May 10th, 2008 | Filed under:

In recognition of our legions of loyal readers in Budapest, Hungary, we are broadcasting live from the “Pearl of the Danube” today.  (Actually, no – we don’t quite have “legions” of Hungarian readers.  But yes, today’s newsreel was produced on the banks of the Danube where Alpha Male was sharing hisRead More

Weekly Newsreel – All the hedge fund regulation that’s fit to print

Apr 20th, 2008 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Regulation

There has been a flurry of news on the hedge fund regulation front over the past week. Here's a quick tour of all the excitement in the US and Europe.Read More

Weekly Newsreel

Apr 10th, 2008 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends

“Hedge funds come unstuck on truth-twisting”: Aussie newspaper The Age provides a great example of why AIMA felt compelled to put its foot down on anti-hedge fund hype yesterday.  The article covers a recent academic study and starts with “Has the hedge-fund industry been built on a series of lies?” andRead More

Weekly AAA Newsreel

Mar 20th, 2008 | Filed under:

Below is out (shortened) weekly round-up of stories in which you might be interested, but which didn’t graduate to full stories on  As usual, all these stories are listed in the scrolling news ticker you see at the top of your screen. Lawrence Cohen, a NY lawyer, dives deeper intoRead More

Alpha-centric Newsreel

Mar 14th, 2008 | Filed under: 130/30, Alternative Beta & Hedge Fund Replication, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Performance, Analytics & Metrics

Here is a sample of the news stories we didn’t get a chance to explore in detail this week.  As usual, all of them can be found on the Alpha-ticker above or in the news items section of (free registration may be required for a few of these). MorganRead More

Alpha News Ticker

Mar 2nd, 2008 | Filed under:

We come across a lot of interesting news items each week.  In some cases, we see enough items on a particular theme write a posting on their common threads – what they say about the hedge fund industry, how they illustrate some alpha-centric investment strategy, or why they spell troubleRead More