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  • Bear Stearns's two troubled hedge funds that bet heavily on risky subprime loans are "essentially worthless," CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reported.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Ackman Reports 9.6% Stake in Target Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 10:23 AM ET
    Target

    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.

  • Target

    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.

  • Buffett, Murdoch, Among Allen Conference Biz Leaders Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 11:46 AM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    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. .

  • Hedge Funds Need Not Fear Congress, Says Chanos Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 3:10 PM ET

    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.

  • Hedge Fund Tax Hike? Senator Grassley Undecided Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 12:59 PM ET

    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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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