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Oil fell below the $75-per-barrel mark on Monday, as some funds booked profits after OPEC expressed concern over near-record prices -- and pledged to pump more crude if needed.
The fund management arms of some of Australia's biggest banks are scrambling to assess more than $264 million in exposures to troubled local hedge fund Basis Capital, which has lost heavily in bets gone wrong in the U.S. subprime crisis.
Troubled Australian hedge fund Basis Capital has warned investors they may only get half their money back and has appointed an accounting firm to help manage a sale of assets, according to media reports.
The failure by Man Group to raise its target share price through the IPO of its former brokerage arm, MF Global, may indicate a glut of supply in the alternatives space and reflect risk aversion from investors on the back of the subprime mortgage meltdown, industry insiders said.
Eddie Lampert's name is thrown around a lot these days whenever speculation of a buyout in the retail sector comes to the front of the rumor mill. Today, his name is once again surfacing but this time his Sears Holdings is being linked to rumors of a buyout of grocer Safeway, not a Macy's LBO.
As we told you here on this blog last week, Pershing Square Capital Management upped its stake in Target beyond +5%. Per the SEC regulatory filing made Monday, Bill Ackman increased his stake in TGT to 9.6% of shares outstanding.
Bear Stearns's two troubled hedge funds that bet heavily on risky subprime loans are "essentially worthless," CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reported.
Activist investor William Ackman reported owning a 9.6% stake of Target in a regulatory filing early Monday, confirming news reports that drove up the discount retailer's share price last week.
It has been a sizzling week for markets in Asia, with Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea all closing at lifetime highs. But what goes up must come down. In this week’s A Fund Affair, our guest writer, Mah Ching Cheng, Research Manager at Fundsupermart.com, takes a look at the signals that markets give off just before a downturn. Mah shares her opinion with us.
A source very close to the situation confirmed to me that Pershing Square Capital--a fund run by activist investor Bill Ackman--has been buying stock in discounter Target and has accumulated more than five percent of outstanding shares. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing of that purchase is expected to be made next week.
It's been a whirlwind here at the Allen & co. Conference--watching and interviewing all the biggest names in the media world. Everyone's paying close attention to Rupert Murdoch. He rushed into the Sun Valley Inn Wednesday morning just in time for breakfast. .
Congress is holding three different hearings Wednesday to weigh increasing regulations and taxes on private equity and hedge funds. So why is James Chanos, founder and president of Kynikos Associates, so calm? He joined "Morning Call" to explain why he doesn't fear "heavy-handed" legislative actions.
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa and ranking Republican member on the Senate Finance Committee, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that he hasn’t yet decided if raising taxes on hedge funds is a good idea.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
All eyes are on the Fed's big announcement Tuesday. Fortunately, the taper and QE don't really matter all that much.
As we tick down to the Fed's policy statement, here's a tour through current policy with an eye to what might change.
Markets have been anticipating the Fed's direction ever since it began dropping hints about a decrease in asset purchases.