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  • Who is Rating the Ratings Agencies? Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 12:41 PM ET

    A fine old storm we cooked up on the show this morning, and as is often the case the viewers were asking some of the toughest questions. Why had it taken the ratings agencies so long to decide some subprime debt needed reviewing? What else could be out there and are the agencies playing catch up?

  • Irwin Latner, hedge-fund lawyer and partner at Herrick Feinstein, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that the risk of over-regulating hedge funds is now greater than the need for more controls. ... But Christian Weller, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, said Congress is simply gathering information to assess the risk posed by hedge funds.

  • Hedge Funds, Private Equity Under Congressional Microscope Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 12:05 PM ET

    The rapid growth of hedge funds could pose risks to financial stability if market participants fail to strengthen risk management practices, Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh said on Wednesday. Separately, technology industry representatives warned lawmakers on Wednesday that efforts to increase taxes on private equity funds could create a harmful ripple throughout the economy, drying up the capital that spurs innovation.

  • Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that proposals to boost the tax rate on carried interest are “nothing but a tax on innovation and job creation in America.”  “This just goes back to Economics 101,” the GOP congressman said Wednesday. “If you raise the price of something -- the price of putting your capital at risk and provide a disincentive to risk-based investment in this country -- you’re going to have less of it.”

  • Private equity and hedge funds will be at the heart of three separate congressional hearings to be held Wednesday. Congress will consider raising taxes on investment income and exploring investment risk to individuals and the economy.

  • Bear Stearns Plans Risk Controls After Losses: WSJ Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | 5:37 AM ET

    Bear Stearns plans to build up risk controls at its asset management business after two of its hedge funds hit rock bottom by making bad bets on risky mortgages, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

  • Bear Stearns could be sold if losses from two hedge funds are steep, and the company's stock price continues to fall, CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reported.

  • Hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group filed to go public in a deal that could raise as much as $2 billion, CNBC’s David Faber reported.

  • Bear Stearns to Tally Fund Losses by July 16: WSJ Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | 7:43 AM ET

    Bear Stearns may take until July 16 to tally losses at two struggling hedge funds that invested in risky mortgage-related securities, the Wall Street Journal Online reported on Monday.

  • Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina

    A Democratic presidential debate, before a predominantly African American audience at Howard University last night, took a small step toward smoking out the leading White House contenders on Wall Street's hottest political issue: raising taxes on private equity and hedge fund executives. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who has ducked an issue that would hit his former colleagues at Fortress Investment Group, couldn't avoid showing his populist colors.

  • Dillard's Shares Leap as Unhappy Shareholder Seeks Talks Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 12:43 PM ET

    Dillard's shares soared almost 12% on Thursday after an activist hedge fund unhappy with the department store operator's performance demanded talks with management, saying the stock is undervalued.

  • The state of Massachusetts accused UBS of providing hedge fund traders with favors intended to win brokerage business for the investment bank, according to a report.

  • Bear Stearns said Wednesday its private equity arm has no exposure to the two hedge funds in trouble due to losses in subprime mortgages.

  • Investors Brace for Ripples from Hedge Fund Fallout Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 3:25 PM ET

    Investors following the near-collapse of two hedge funds managed by Bear Stearns Cos. might be a little bit like a homeowner watching the house down the block catch fire.

  • All five commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are to appear Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that is expected to explore hedge fund activities, access to corporate proxy statements and so-called soft-dollar arrangements.

  • BlackRock to Buy Quellos Fund of Funds Business Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 7:24 AM ET
    BlackRock headquarters

    Asset management firm BlackRock said it agreed to acquire the fund of funds business of Quellos Group for up to $1.7 billion, in a move to expand its alternative investment operations.

  • Subprime Concerns Push ABX Indexes to Fresh Lows Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | 3:24 PM ET

    Benchmark ABX subprime indexes traded at fresh new lows today amid concerns that a new wave of defaults in subprime mortgages will spur further troubles for holders of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and other mortgage securities.

  • Week Ahead/Riding Volatility and Awaiting the Fed Friday, 22 Jun 2007 | 7:01 PM ET

    The markets head into the final week of the first half after a week defined by turbulence but capped by a highly successful IPO. This coming week, Apple rings in its new hot phone and the Street watches the Fed.

  • British bank Barclays on Friday said it had some exposure to funds that have lost money from investing in sub-prime mortgage assets in the United States, but that any loss in relation to the exposure would not be material.

  • Bear Stearns confirmed it will bail out one of its troubled hedge funds with $3.2 billion in secured loans, but the Wall Street firm sought to convince the broader market its troubles are "relatively contained."

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