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  • Harman's $8 Billion Buyout Is Latest Deal to Falter Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 4:57 PM ET
    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

    Two private equity firms have backed out of their $8 billion buyout of upscale audio equipment maker Harman International Industries, making it the latest in a string of such deals to run into trouble amid tightening global credit conditions.

  • A Mantou Affair Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 3:14 AM ET

    Greater China investors have much to celebrate. Despite the recent turmoil in financial markets, stocks in China and Hong Kong are still booking double- and triple-digit gains year-to-date. This week's A Fund Affair takes a look at a hedge fund that invests in Chinese companies listed across the region.

  • Goldman's Global Alpha Hedge Fund Posts Worst Month Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 6:35 AM ET

    Goldman Sachs' flagship Global Alpha hedge fund sank 22.7% in August, the worst month in its 12 years of operation, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing a letter from the fund to investors.

  • South Korea to Ease Rules on Asset Managers, Funds Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 11:36 PM ET

    South Korea will loosen regulations on foreign asset management firms and domestic private equity funds as early as this year, the finance ministry said on Thursday.

  • Hedge Fund Traders: What's On Their Minds Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 8:59 AM ET

    I attended a meeting of about twenty-five hedge fund traders last night. These informal gatherings are fairly common on the Street; they're often sponsored by sell-side trading houses. Usually, it's a discussion on long and short positions of the various traders.

  • Hedge Funds Lose Money, Not as Much as Feared Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 1:19 PM ET

    The average U.S. hedge fund lost money in August, the first time this year that these loosely regulated portfolios were in the red, according to data released Monday.

  • Bond Funds May Be Next to Feel Subprime Shockwaves Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 3:39 PM ET
    For Sale Signs

    Could the housing market's woes spread to bonds held in mutual funds by millions of ordinary investors?

  • Ceridian Merger on Track; Ackman Drops Proxy Fight Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | 1:06 PM ET

    Ceridian said Saturday it resolved a proxy battle with its largest shareholder, Pershing Square Capital Management, clearing the way for the payroll processing company to be acquired for about $5.2 billion.

  • An Institutional Affair Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 6:02 AM ET

    Are you one of those very normal people who puts your money in say a pension fund that promises to grow your wealth so that you can retire comfortably? The fund in turn gives your money to another fund -- an institutional fund -- that invests it in stocks you’ve never heard of. Well, for this week’s A Fund Affair, I thought it would be ‘fun’ to take a look at a fund that services only institutional investors. 

  • Carlyle Closes $7.3 Billion European Buyout Fund Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 10:51 AM ET

    Private equity firm Carlyle Group has closed a 5.35 billion euro ($7.31 billion) fund for European buyouts, a sign that investors remain hot on the industry despite the current chill.

  • Blackstone to Buy Stake in China's BlueStar: Source Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 8:14 AM ET

    Blackstone Group plans to buy a 20 to 40% stake in chemicals company China National BlueStar (Group) for up to $500 million, marking its first major investment in the world's fastest-growing major economy.

  • Global Advisors Closes Two Hedge Funds Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 1:22 PM ET

    Global Advisors, a commodity hedge fund manager, said Wednesday it would close two of its three funds due to "poor performance" that prompted investor redemptions, the latest commodity funds to belly up.

  • Renaissance Raising New Fund to Trade Futures Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 1:02 PM ET

    Renaissance Technologies is raising its third quantitative hedge fund, this one specializing in trading futures and designed to handle up to $50 billion, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • Hedge Funds Circle $43-Billion Fire Sale Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 8:02 AM ET

    Fire sales worth up to $43 billion could soon spark a flurry of opportunistic investment, according to a recent report from the Royal Bank of Scotland, as the ongoing squeeze in the commercial paper market forces investment banks to liquidate holdings.

  • Bankrupt Bear Stearns Funds Shielded 30 More Days Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 7:17 PM ET

    A Manhattan bankruptcy judge on Thursday gave two bankrupt Bear Stearns  hedge funds 30 days of additional protection from creditors looking to seize their assets, but refused to permanently shield them from U.S. lawsuits.

  • KKR Won't Yield in Battle for First Data Financing: WSJ Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 6:37 AM ET

    Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is unlikely to make major compromises in talks with banks over the financing of a $24 billion deal to take over electronic payment processor First Data, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Thursday.

  • Market Rally Hopes Rest On Bernanke Speech Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

    Thoughts of a decent rally this week rest largely on the hope that Ben Bernanke will address the slowing economy at his Jackson Hole speech this Friday. They are emphasizing that, since the FOMC meeting August 7th, things HAVE changed, the Fed HAS seen more risk (e.g. they cut the discount rate), and Mr. Bernanke will address those increased risks on Friday.

  • Carlyle Says Liquidity Crisis Worse than in 1998: FT Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 6:57 AM ET

    Carlyle Capital, the troubled mortgage-backed securities fund belonging to U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group, said the current liquidity shortages are worse than those encountered during the 1998 crisis.

  • Investors Flocked to Hedge Funds Before Credit Crunch Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 3:06 PM ET

    Investors poured $41.1 billion into hedge funds in the 2007 second quarter, which combined with performance gains, swelled industry assets to an estimated $1.67 trillion by the end of June, fund tracker Lipper TASS said on Tuesday.

  • Wendy's, Peltz Edge Closer to Deal Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 1:38 PM ET
    Wendy's

    Wendy's International said Tuesday it reached a deal with billionaire investor Nelson Peltz to give his companies access to Wendy's books as they consider making an offer to buy the No. 3 hamburger chain.

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