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  • LONDON, July 27- Hedge funds are more bearish about the outlook for U.S. oil prices than at any time for almost five years, according to data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Hedge funds and other money managers had a net long position in WTI-linked futures and options equivalent to just 118 million barrels of oil on July 21, down from a recent high...

  • NEW YORK, July 22- A federal judge on Wednesday rejected hedge fund manager Doug Whitman's effort to throw out his insider trading conviction, and faulted the Whitman Capital LLC founder's "chutzpah" in suggesting that his conduct was not a crime. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan turned down Whitman's argument that his August 2012 conviction and two-year...

  • NEW YORK, July 22- John McCormick has been on a mission for the past five years: to bring hedge funds to the masses. Traditional hedge funds, those lightly regulated investment pools open exclusively to large institutions and rich individuals, have been duds lately, trailing the U.S. stock market's performance every year since 2009 by an average of 10 percentage...

  • LONDON, July 20- Hedge funds and other money managers have rarely been so bearish about the outlook for oil prices, according to the latest positioning data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Hedge funds boosted short positions in futures and options linked to the price of U.S. crude to 138 million barrels by July 14, from 84 million four weeks...

  • July 16- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, reported a 62 percent slump in second-quarter earnings on Thursday, yet performance fee revenue generated from selling assets surpassed many analysts' expectations. But investors cheered as the New York- based firm declared its third highest quarterly dividend of 74 cents per share,...

  • *Paulson expected to put pressure on Syngenta board. July 15- Hedge fund Paulson& Co has taken a stake in Syngenta AG and could push for the Swiss pesticide maker's board to accept a takeover offer from U.S. seed company Monsanto Co, people familiar with the matter said. Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, has made a $45 billion bid for Syngenta that the Swiss...

  • *China and Greece have imposed trading restrictions. Both China and Greece have taken steps in the last month to curb sell-offs in their stock markets by imposing trading restrictions. The APS fund is exposed to China and Horizon Growth is exposed to Greece.

  • Paulson's hedge fund takes stake in Syngenta -sources Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 6:15 PM ET

    July 14- Hedge fund Paulson& Co has taken a stake in Syngenta AG,, and could push for the board of directors of the Swiss pesticide maker to accept a takeover offer from U.S. seed company Monsanto Co, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, made a $45 billion bid for Syngenta that the Swiss company rejected.

  • Wild market swings... get used to it: Scott Sperling Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 8:05 AM ET
    Wild market swings... get used to it: Scott Sperling

    We are living in a time when geopolitical events are impacting the markets, says Scott Sperling, THL Partners co-president, sharing his thoughts on the latest market swings and why it's important to keep the ups and downs in perspective.

  • *Hit by rising political tension around Greece debt deal. BOSTON/ LONDON, July 9- Hedge funds that make big bets on currencies, interest rates and commodities were hit hard in June as a worsening Greek debt crisis, concerns about China growth and U.S. rate rise uncertainty unsettled markets. During June, leading markets fell as the political tussle between Greece...

  • July 9- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on hedge funds, challenging a tax strategy called "basket options" that is used to claim billions of dollars in tax savings, the New York Times reported. Today's guidance from the Administration is a win for taxpayers and brings us one step closer to a more fair and equitable tax code, "Senator Ron Wyden, the top...

  • July 9- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on hedge funds, challenging a tax strategy called "basket options" that is used to claim billions of dollars in tax savings, the New York Times reported. The head of a powerful U.S. Senate panel presented the findings of a year-long probe into basket options last July, accusing Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays Plc...

  • BOSTON/ LONDON, July 2- Hedge funds will likely attract billions of dollars in new money in the next six months after posting solid returns in the first half even as Wall Street's sell-off, sparked by Greece's debt drama, took a bite out of some managers' June returns. June's late month sell-off did hurt monthly returns at Barry Rosenstein's Jana Partners, which fell...

  • No downturn coming to US: CohnReznick Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 5:20 AM ET
    No downturn coming to US: CohnReznick

    Alex Castelli, partner at CohnReznick, explains how private funding is stopping some companies from pursuing an IPO.

  • They also agreed to wind down their AlphaBridge Fixed Income Master Fund and two similarly named "feeder funds," which were all launched in 2001, and Carino accepted a three-year ban from the securities industry, the SEC said. Instead, the SEC said the defendants by 2010 were generating those valuations themselves, and encouraging broker-dealers to pass them...

  • Europe is now a buying opportunity: CIO Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 5:10 AM ET
    Europe is now a buying opportunity: CIO

    Lucy Macdonald, CIO global equities at Allianz Global Investors, discusses how fund managers may be affected by Greece and whether European equities are still worth buying.

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, June 29- Greece's worsening debt crisis threatens to derail the best start to the year for global hedge funds since 2009, as a bitter standoff between Athens and its creditors rattles financial markets. Greek lawmakers on Sunday authorized a July 5 referendum that will let the people of Greece vote yes or no on creditor demands for economic...

  • BOSTON, June 26- Hedge fund manager William Ackman, who has made a $1 billion bet against Herbalife Ltd, on Friday asked the company's chief executive officer to release a video and say why he told an audience years ago that participating in Herbalife was a "lottery ticket." A lawyer for Ackman sent the letter to Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson after the New York Post...

  • Hedge funds say au revoir to glitzy Monaco bash Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    *Top industry conference heads to Amsterdam. MONACO, June 25- Ferraris, super-yachts and free-flowing champagne- for a decade, Monaco and hedge funds have gone hand-in-hand. As the warm Mediterranean sun set over Le Méridien Beach Plaza hotel in the small principality, attendees could look forward to next year's event in Amsterdam.

  • Impact investing isn't much drag on returns: Study Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    New skyscrapers being built in the business district of Luanda, Angola

    There's now more data to support the idea that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive.