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Fortress Investment Group's IPO will open private equity to a whole new class of investors and other funds are likely to follow it in going public. The IPO, the first of its kind, may also trigger something of a gold rush mentality. Fortress has been wildly successful thus far, but it may not meet market expectations
The roughly $1 billion fund, which specializes in metals trading, said investors overwhelmingly approved its request to extend the period they need to give notice to 45 days before the end of the quarter. It used to be 15 days.
Closer checks on hedge funds will be discussed by G7 finance ministers at the weekend but Germany seems to have little if any support for a regulatory clampdown.
James Simons, the founder of Renaissance Technologies, is one of the most interesting people I've interviewed -- ever. It's not just because he is a veritable legend in the world of investing. He told me in late January that his flagship Medallion fund posted returns in the "high 40s or 50s" in percentage terms in 2006. Since 1989, it's posted average annual returns of 35%, topping hedge fund luminaries Paul Tudor Jones and George Soros.
U.K.-based hedge fund SemperMacro is reducing staff and cutting fees as investors have withdrawn cash from the fund in reaction to an almost 16% loss last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Remember the collapse of the Russian ruble in 1998--that led to the near-collapse of hedge fund giant Long Term Capital Management? Recent trends in the Japanese yen have investors worried that the currency is destined for a similar fate as befell the ruble.
When Carlyle speaks, people listen. At least, people who are interested in investing or in attempting to replicate the private equity giant's returns. Bill Conway, founding partner and managing director at Carlyle, spoke yesterday afternoon at the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Outlook Conference in New York City. And looking at the faces in the audience, people really listened. For those of you who were not fortunate enough to be there, and listen to the excellent discussion led by Wall Street Journal Special Correspondent Henny Sender, here's what Conway had to say about some of the hottest topics in private equity today ...
Just 27% of households with a net worth of $25 million or more, excluding their primary residence, invested in hedge funds in 2006, down from 38% in 2005, the survey by Chicago-based consulting firm Spectrem Group showed.
Does it seem as if the price of oil has been unusually volatile lately? Today, it rose nearly 2% , while earlier in the month it dropped to 19-month lows. Throughout history, speculators have moved the commodities market, but is there more going on now than meets the eye? On today’s “Power Lunch” CNBC’s Sue Herera found out....
Tomorrow is the deadline for hedge funds and brokers to comply with SEC rules defining the use of soft dollars. The new rules disqualify spending on extravagant incentives such as front row seats at the Super Bowl. In addition, payments for meals, travel, rent and other perks will also be considered abuses. Critics say this is just the SEC's backdoor attempt to regulate hedge funds.
When the price of natural gas plummeted last Summer, hedge fund Amaranth took a nose dive. Now some investors are worried the same could happen with hedge funds that invested heavily in oil. "In the short term, market sentiment is overwhelmingly bearish and it's possible for (the) price to go lower than $50 (a barrel),” said Victor Shum, an analyst with Purvin & Gertz.
They were the kings of the power and money world in 2006. We are talking about private equity and the billions of dollars of deals these buyout firms put together. So, what lies ahead for private equity? The Wall Street Journal's Henny Sender found out, during her one-on-one interview with David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group.
It may be harder now for the small investor to get into hedge funds, but will that dampen their appeal in 2007? CNBC asked Wall Street Journal Reporter Gregory Zuckerman what he expects from hedge fund investments, in the year ahead. Zuckerman said that overall hedge funds under performed by a couple of percentage points and that many (money managers) were too bearish on the stock market.
Stock markets around the world opened the New Year on a note of optimism. European shares are close to six year highs this morning, and Hong Kong closed just under its all time high. U.S. stock exchanges are closed in honor of the national day of mourning for President Gerald Ford. Services for Ford are held this morning. Our Hampton Pearson will be there, and John Harwood will discuss President Ford's legacy.
It's been a pretty good year for Wall Street--from a bumper crop of buyouts to record-breaking gains. But there were some stumbling blocks--most notably in the commodities markets. The folks at Trader Monthly Magazine have compiled a list of the biggest--most brazen--and jaw dropping trades of the past 12 months. Randall Lane is Editor-in-Chief of Trader Monthly. He was on "Power Lunch" with the list.
Goldman Sachs Group, said it raised more than $6.5 billion for a fund that will invest in toll roads, airports and ports as well as regulated gas, water and electrical utilities.
Roughly $110 billion flowed to the more than 9,200 hedge funds in 2006, according Chicago-based firm Hedge Fund Research. Senior managing director of Channel Capital Group George Lucaci was on “Closing Bell,” explaining which funds made the most money this year. He also highlighted what to look for in 2007.
The flow of corporate news is likely to start waning today ahead of what could be a quiet session tomorrow. Making headlines today will be the Philadelphia Fed when its survey is released at noon. Our Steve Liesman will cover all the news from Philly on Power Lunch. Other data this morning includes leading economic indicators and final Q3 GDP but a big focus in our coverage will be the third and final CNBC holiday central survey. Liesman will dissect the findings and tell us what the surprising latest survey says about the consumer, economy and retailers this holiday season.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson signaled that he is open to Germany's idea of having the Group of Eight discuss ways of making hedge funds more transparent, a Finance Ministry official said Thursday.
There's more to the world of private equity than the giants -- the Bains, Carlyles, KKRs of the world. True, more than 50% of all funds raised in 2006 were raised by the top 20 firms. But, there is a vibrant layer of firms doing fundraising below that top 20.
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