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  • *Vlieghe to retain interest in Brevan Howard hedge fund. LONDON, July 29- New Bank of England policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe will retain a financial interest in one of the world's biggest hedge fund firms while he sets interest rates, an arrangement that Britain's finance ministry said posed no conflict of interest. Some economists privately expressed surprise...

  • *Vlieghe to retain interest in Brevan Howard hedge fund. LONDON, July 29- New Bank of England policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe will retain a financial interest in one of the world's biggest hedge fund firms while he sets interest rates, an arrangement which Britain's finance ministry said posed no conflict of interest. Some economists privately expressed surprise...

  • 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...

  • Is Asia start-ups' funding popularity a bubble? Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:38 PM ET

    Asia is racing ahead of Europe in the venture capital stakes, with some $10.1 billion flowing into the region, but is it too much?

  • 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...

  • Will Asia disrupt energy financing? Sunday, 19 Jul 2015 | 7:27 PM ET
    A man boats in the Jiaxing, Zhejiang province of China, which built its first solar power station above a 160,000-square-meter fishpond.

    Faced with a yawning energy deficit and a need to protect against climate change, Asia is looking at fresh ways to finance a shift toward renewables.

  • 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.

  • Has the sun set on Africa’s growth story? Monday, 13 Jul 2015 | 1:51 AM ET
    Employees of a cocoa export company pile up sacks in a packaging factory in the Ivory Coast.

    Sub-Saharan Africa has been the darling of frontier market investors for several years. However, a combination of factors could see its appeal for investors wane.

  • Merger mania in the second half? Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 8:58 AM ET
    Merger mania in the second half?

    Scott Sperling, THL Partners co-president, explains what will likely drive M&A action for the remainder of the year.

  • 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.