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$$$ Avenue Capital’s Lasry Said Buying Bucks for $550 Million [Bloomberg] $$$ Yellen Says Fed Committed to Policies to Support Recovery [Bloomberg] $$$ Hedge Funds Post Worst First-Quarter Results Since 2008 [BusinessWeek] $$$ Former...Show More Summary

2 Hedge Fund Titans Agree to Buy the Milwaukee Bucks

The new owners, Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens, have a taste for distressed assets. So the Bucks, the basketball team that currently holds the worst record in the N.B.A., is right up their alley.

Exonerated hacker plans hedge fund launch to profit off corporate vulnerabilities

Andrew Auernheimer, aka, “Weev,” was released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend after serving 13 months of a 41-month sentence for distributing email addresses of 114,000 iPad users collected...Show More Summary

Steven Cohen Gets to Trade for 90 Days Before Paying Penalty

Overlooked in the judge's approval of the guilty plea entered by Steven Cohen’s hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors to insider trading charges is that SAC was given 90 days to pay a $1.2 billion penalty.

Shah Capital Management’s Latest 13F Shows Strong Focus on Industrial Goods and Technology Companies

Founded by Himanshu H. Shah in 2005, Shah Capital Management is a research-driven global hedge fund, which has recently disclosed its equity portfolio for the first quarter of 2013. The hedge fund showed a strong focus on China-based companies, which represent its top holdings and which Mr. Shah has been increasing during the first three months […]

Insider Activity at Three of George Soros’ Picks

Over the past three months, a few of the companies in which George Soros’ Soros Fund Management holds stakes have seen their insiders acquire shares. When you combine hedge fund and insider bullishness, chances to outperform the market, grow. And as we have recently reviewed four Warren Buffett picks with recent insider activity, let’s take […]

Milwaukee Bucks to Be Sold to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 Million

The Milwaukee Bucks' long search for deep-pocketed ownership appears to be over. A group led by New York-based hedge fund giants Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry have agreed to purchase the Bucks from current owner Herb Kohl for $550 million,...Show More Summary

Hedge Funds Are Having Their Most Miserable Start To The Year Since 2008

Hedge funds are having their worst start to the year since 2008 gaining only 1.23% year-to-date, says a new report by research firm Preqin. You'll recall 2008. It was when Wall Street thought the world would end. Now it's safe to say...Show More Summary

Hedge Funds’ Worst Start Since 2008: Preqin

Hedge funds are coming off their worst first-quarter performance since the dark days of 2008. That’s the contention this morning from data supplier Preqin, whose all hedge-fund strategies benchmark gained a meager 1.23% for the period. It’s a shift from the last two years, when the early part of the year was strong. The same [...]

The Difference Between Large Funds and Small Funds

I have always been a “small fund” oriented investor. Both models work if executed well, but they are different. With small funds, you only need to find a few good ideas a year to get behind. That is true in hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, and probably many other asset classes. With large funds, […]

Hedge Funds Actually Riskier, Scarier Than Banks, Vladimir Putin, Earth-Bound Asteroids Combined

Sayeth a German academic, contra everything that every hedge fund lobbyist has said (and that everybody believed) since 2007. Hedge funds, on the other hand, adversely affect all three other types of financial institutions. During crises,...Show More Summary

UK-based Edinburgh Partners Further Cuts Exposure to its Top Holdings

Edinburgh Partners is a Scottish hedge fund with an office in New York City. Managed by Sandy Nairn, it has a strong focus on long-term investments. According to the fund’s website, the investment team of Edinburgh Partners believes that the company analysis should not be oriented towards short-term data, such as quarterly or annual performance, but […]

I Have To Draw You: Reflections Of A Court Reporter Illustrator

Ex-SAC Capital PM Mike Steinberg seemed pretty surprised when he was found guilty of insider trading. Ms. Williams recalled the day when Michael S. Steinberg, a portfolio manager at the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, was brought before a Manhattan judge to be read the insider trading charges against him. Show More Summary

Happy Tax Day, non-corporate citizens of America

Line up, my little deductions. Happy Tax Day, everyone. Don't you wish you were a hedge fund manager? Instead of paying ordinary rates on much of their income — typically 35 percent for the highest bracket (39.6 percent for this tax year) — these executives pay the capital gains rate of 15 percent. Show More Summary

Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC

Weev aka Andrew Auernheimer is free. The 29-year-old hacker, released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend, has spent the past few days celebrating a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction but took a bit of time to discuss his incarceration and plans with me. Show More Summary

Cliff Asness Discusses The Basic Investing Strategy That's Made Him One Of The Most Successful Investors In The World

Hedge fund manager Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management told Bloomberg TV's Stephanie Ruhle that there's one strategy that investors should incorporate into their portfolio. Asness pulled up a chart that shows cumulative returns to...Show More Summary

DAN LOEB: These Are All The Lies The Sotheby's Board Is Spreading About Me (BID)

Last week, Sotheby's released an investor presentation slamming activist investor Daniel Loeb and the two nominees for the board backed by his hedge fund Third Point LLC. In sum, the auction house said that Loeb and his nominees lack...Show More Summary

Activist Trying To Unlock A Potential 65% Upside In Neptune

ByD. Mero: Moody's recently released a report outlining the ongoing movement of activist shareholders raising heat on companies not enhancing shareholder value. Hedge funds or investment advisors pursued 220 targets in 2013, up from the 209 figure in 2012 and 179 in 2011. Show More Summary

The Hedge Fund Managers tax break: Because Wall Streeters want your money

if you earn a billion dollars a year, do you get your own tax exemption? Take a guess.

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