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  • Hedge funds under threat from pension fund rethink Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 7- Pension schemes are starting to rethink their hedge fund investments in the face of high costs and poor returns, putting at risk the heady pace of capital flows into an industry with nearly $3 trillion of assets. Investors pulled more than $15 billion from hedge funds in the September quarter, industry data showed, ending six quarters of net inflows.

  • Colleges up big on PE, VC funds Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    Healy Hall, the flagship building of Georgetown University's main campus in Washington, D.C.

    Academia continues to rebuild its fiscal position after being whacked in the financial crisis with a heavy allocation to alternative investments.

  • William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, which has not yet finalized monthly numbers, was off 0.60 percent for the month through Oct. 28, leaving it up 30.9 percent for the year, an investor in the private fund said. "As a group hedge funds performed very poorly in October," said Adam Blitz, chief investment officer at Evanston Capital which invests...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- A push to reform Phoenix's retirement system has become the latest front in a battle between union-backed groups and a Texas hedge fund billionaire over the future of America's public pensions. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of it anonymous out-of-state money, has been flowing to backers of a November 4 ballot initiative in Phoenix...

  • Hedge funds muscle into reinsurance, attracting doubters Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 29- Hedge funds are muscling their way into the market to share the cost of cleaning up after natural catastrophes, but sceptics are questioning whether they will stick around ahead of the next "big one" as underwriting returns fall. John Rathgeber, CEO of Watford Re which opened its doors this year, said his group used leverage and invested in assets such...

  • SEC boosts scrutiny of private equity performance Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    The SEC is examining how private equity firms report a key metric of their past performance, as the regulator boosts scrutiny of the industry.

  • Blackstone backs 'utility scale' wind, solar power Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:07 PM ET
    Renewable energy solar and wind power

    Mega investment firm Blackstone Group announced a new partnership to identify and to develop North American renewable power projects.

  • As IPOs stumble, private equity prepares to pounce Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 6:17 AM ET
    A bear and a bull statue stand outside the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

    Private equity players are preparing to pounce on opportunities to put their cash piles to work as Europe's market turmoil puts the kibosh on IPOs.

  • There is no real estate bubble, pros say Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 AM ET
    Downtown Denver

    Big names in real estate investing don't believe there's a market bubble despite high valuations.

  • Wall Street backs GOP horses—with loads of cash Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Elliott Management founder and CEO Paul Singer speaks during the SkyBridge Alternatives conference in Las Vegas, May 9, 2012.

    Wall Street is spending more on the midterms than ever before—particularly in support of the GOP—but it's not from whom you might think.

  • PE still beating stocks: Report Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 1:26 PM ET
    Private Equity Growth Capital Council President and CEO Steve Judge speaks during an interview in New York.

    Private equity returns continue to outpace stocks over the long term, according to a new report from an industry association.

  • Blackstone cuts controversial fees Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 2:08 PM ET
    Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO, The Blackstone Group, USA.

    One of the world's largest private equity firms is dropping a controversial type of fee it charges clients.

  • New debt crisis fear: Subprime auto loans Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:18 PM ET
    Ford Focus

    Investigations into lending practices and concerns about the exits of investors have some warning that trouble could lie ahead.

  • How Hong Kong protests affect the big money Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 2:16 PM ET
    Student protesters chant pro-democracy slogans on the streets on September 30, 2014 in Hong Kong.

    Hedge funds and other big money managers in Hong Kong aren't panicking about the democracy protests sweeping the city.

  • 'Abundance' of PE opportunity in Europe: Pro   Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:15 AM ET
    'Abundance' of PE opportunity in Europe: Pro

    Erik Hirsch, CIO of Hamilton Lane, says the pharmaceutical sector is an interesting opportunity for private equity.

  • Does private equity have an image problem?   Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 AM ET
    Does private equity have an image problem?

    Erik Hirsch, CIO of Hamilton Lane, says private equity needs to be more transparent about how it goes about its business.

  • 'We have nothing in Russia': Blackstone COO Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:23 PM ET
    Tony James, COO of BlackRock Group.

    Tony James, president and COO of Blackstone, is disputing a recent published report that the $279 billion private equity group was "giving up on Russia."

  • Icahn eyes white knight role for Trump Taj: Report Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 9:28 AM ET
    A sign marks the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

    Carl Icahn is mulling whether to infuse the Trump Taj Mahal with $100 million, but only with a specific set of caveats, the New York Post reports.

  • 2016 may loom, but Jeb Bush is focused on business Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    While other Republicans are thinking about 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is busy tending to a personal business empire.

  • Early movers: HSY, SHLD, BX, BA, LMNT, BABA & more Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:35 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.