Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds

With global hedge fund assets at roughly $3.45 trillion (and growing by double-digit percentages each year), money managers have a greater influence on public and private markets than ever before. DailyAlts covers every element of the hedge fund industry – from changing performance structures to manager strategies, from regulatory oversight to activist holdings, and from new fund launches to the liquidation of underperformers. This channel is your one-stop-shop for daily news and insights for the influential and topical hedge fund space.

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Hedge Funds: Bitcoin In Play as Funds Dive Back In

July 31, 2020

Crypto Hedge Funds Move In On Bitcoin.  Bitcoin fell by 50 percent in cryptocurrency’s price in March, but subsequently rose back up to trade at $11,200.  Investors should caution as this trend could lead to another major slump — most notably like the 2017 80 percent Bitcoin slump.  Especially with the uncertainty of COVID-19, investors…

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Hedge Funds: Boaz Weinstein’s Saba Capital Up 90%  

July 30, 2020

Saba Projects Continuing Gains   Hedge fund industry observers are buzzing of Saba Capital Management’s purported sharp gains, in addition to the firm’s projections of seeing additional returns of this caliber in the months ahead. Boaz Weinstein, founder of Saba, shares that “Markets are at an unstable place right now. I look out at the next…

Hedge Funds Meet Real Estate: A Texas Case Study

July 29, 2020

Hayman Capital in Focus.  Hedge fund investor Kyle Bass recently bought, among other real estate, the downtown Dallas Statler hotel.  He purchased a 50 percent stake in four real estate properties and a minority stake in the Statler hotel.  In addition to the Statler, he purchased a stake in the Entrada development and the Central…

Hedge Funds Bullish on Electric Vehicle Sector

July 24, 2020

EV Attracts Hedge Fund Attention.  Formidable Asset Management is among the many hedge funds keeping a close eye on the electric vehicle market.  Following its gains from a bet on Workhorse Group, the fund is looking to invest in Nano One Materials Corp.  The company cites its implementation of durable nano crystals as a transformative…

Hedge Fund Industry Loses Early Torchbearer Arthur Samberg

July 22, 2020

Pequot Founder’s Legacy. Arthur Samberg, founder of Connecticut-based Pequot Capital Management, at one time one of the world’s leading funds, passed earlier this month after suffering from leukemia. Samberg led a long career in finance, and was moved into the spotlight following Pequot’s founding back in 1999.  The firm was successful in its early days,…

Hedge Fund MingShi + AI = $1 Billion Blockbuster

July 22, 2020

Chinese AI-Powered Hedge Fund Nears $1 Billion  Shanghai-based hedge fund MingShi Investment Management implements artificial intelligence as its main strategy for making investments.  The firm has already raised $600 million in the last four months and is moving quickly at secure another $400 million in the coming days. According to MingShi partner Stepham Zhou, “China…

Liquid Alternatives Showing Their Strength Amid 2020’s Volatility

July 16, 2020

Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Up in June. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index was up nearly 1% in June, continuing to show strength in navigating this year’s wild market ride. The Index is a benchmark for the performance of Liquid Alternative Funds. Longtime Wilshire Associates veteran, Jason Schwarz, said that “Markets rallied in the second quarter…

Hedge Fund Axonic Capital to Raise $1 billion for Credit Deals

July 15, 2020

Credit Funds on the Rise Following a credit sell-off in March, Axonic Capital is looking to make a comeback through raising nearly $1 billion.  Investors are looking to capitalize on undervalued assets with this fund.  The firm was a key player in the 2008 financial crisis through its role with mortgaged-backed securities.  With its nascent…

Hedge Funds: Chatham Asset Management Wins Bid for McClatchy Newspapers

July 14, 2020

One of the nation’s leading news publishers, the McClatchy Company, will be purchased by Chatham Asset Management.  This is following many years of revenue decline for the publishing company.  The McClatchy Company has had 163 successful years of family ownership.  It will now be sold in a bankruptcy auction to the New Jersey-based hedge fund….

Despite Turbulence, Hedge Funds Achieve Q2 Gains

July 10, 2020

Hedge Funds Up Amid Volatile Markets.   Hedge funds were up nearly two percent in the month of June.  This means that the industry faced its third monthly gain in a row.  Although the industry aggregate  — as measured by the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index — is still down, hedge funds are doing well considering…

Hedge Funds: London-Based Hedge Fund to Retreat Following Losses

July 8, 2020

Sloane Robinson, a London-based Hedge Fund co-founded by George Robinson, is set to close by the end of this year.  This decision was based primarily on a decline in the firm’s assets under management.  The firm was also lacking in performance which was mainly due to volatile markets resulting from Covid-19.  Sloane Robinson’s Global Frontier…

Hedge Funds: Paulson Calls it Quits

July 6, 2020

John Paulson — hedge fund manager of Paulson and Co. — is officially closing his office to public clients.  Paulson and Co. will exclusively function as a family office.  Paulson wrote in a letter that he will be returning all investments to clients after closing.  John Paulson is known for predicting the housing crisis and…

Hedge Funds: Dalton Cautions on Korea’s $100 Billion Bio Stocks 

June 30, 2020

For those investors lucky enough to have invested in South Korea’s health care sector, now may be the time to assess the risks, says Dalton Investments, a $3 billion California-based hedge fund.  Retail investors who have invested in South Korea’s health care sector risk over-valuing the market.  The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the primary…

Billionaire Bill Ackman

Hedge Funds: A Reminder, Bill Ackman is Doing Fine

June 9, 2020

Bill Ackman is doing well in 2020. 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pershing Square Capital Management has returned 22% to 27% this year. That easily tops the S&P 500. It has been quite a run for Ackman, whose fund made more than $2 billion while hedging on a downturn at the start of the outbreak. Ackman famously warned that “hell is coming” when urging  President Donald Trump to shut down the U.S. economy for 30 days.

Digital Assets: Crypto Hedge Funds Doubled Assets under Management in 2019 (Report)

May 13, 2020

PwC and Elwood Asset Management Services used data from the largest global crypto hedge funds to compile the report.
Assets under management (AUM) at cryptocurrency hedge funds doubled from $1 billion in 2018 to $2 billion in 2019, while average assets under management expanded from $21.9 million to $44 million, said the report. Median AuM increased from US$4.3 million to US$8.2 million.

Hedge Funds: MHR Fund Management Files 13D on Loral Communications

May 7, 2020

The filing came after the announcement by Loral that it was in advanced discussions with Canadian Telesat co‑owner, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, regarding the combination of Loral and Telesat into one public company. As a result of the discussions, Loral felt it was in the best interest of shareholders to return a significant portion of the $243 million of cash that has on the books.

Hedge Fund: Teleios Presses for Changes to Maisons du Monde Board

May 1, 2020

Activist fund Teleios Capital Partners is pressing for changes on the board of Maisons du Monde. 

The fund said it plans to push to appoint two independent board directors to the French furniture company. The hedge fund currently holds a 19.9% stake in the company, according to a statement released on Thursday. 

Hedge Funds: The Einhorn-Musk Battle Takes a New Turn on Twitter

April 30, 2020

We might not have live sports right now. But we do have the constant jarring back and forth between Greenlight Capital and Tesla Inc. The former’s founder David Einhorn is one of the most prominent hedge fund managers shorting Elon Musk’s company. On Thursday – the day after Tesla’s earnings report – Einhorn questioned the financials of the electric vehicle manufacturer. Specifically, he wanted more information about the firm’s accounts receivable, costs, stalled factories, and the effects of international currency shifts. 

Bill Ackman and Pershing Square Bets on Berkshire Hathaway

Hedge Funds: Bill Ackman Calls on U.S. Government to “Be Like Buffett”

April 29, 2020

Pershing Square Capital founder Bill Ackman encouraged the U.S. government to approach bailouts the same way that Warren Buffett would. On a podcast, Ackman said that emulating the Oracle of Omaha would ensure that the government received favorable terms for taxpayer capital. 

Hedge Funds: The Activist Leaves the Building

April 23, 2020

Frank Tuil is departing Elliott Management more two decades at the firm. The legendary French investor helped Elliott position itself as a top activist shop across Europe from the firm’s London office. Investors cheered him and investors feared him. Some of his most notable activist campaigns included efforts at French spirits maker Pernod Richard and…

Hedge Funds: Medallian Posts 39% Gain in 2020

April 21, 2020

The Medallion Fund, the flagship vehicle of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, has scored a 39% gain through April 14, 2020. According to the Wall Street Journal, the fund gained roughly 10% in March. That gain was quite an outlier at a time that 75% of hedge funds reported losses due to the COVID-19 selloff. 

Hedge Funds: Quintessential Capital Takes Short Position in Akazooactivist hedge fund Quintessential Capital Management.

April 20, 2020

Activist hedge fund Quintessential Capital Management is shorting music streaming company Akazoo (NASDAQ: SONG). The news sent shares of SONG down more than 22% on Monday. 

Hedge Funds: So… Elliott Management Sounds Pretty Bearish…

April 16, 2020

Hedge fund Elliott Management isn’t bullish on the U.S. economy as we approach the deepest downturn in 80 years. Paul Singer’s fund said Wednesday that global stocks could decline by as much as 50% from February highs. Reuters reports on a letter sent to clients. The fund called the sharp March decline in the market…

Hedge Fund: Jana Partners Strikes Deal with Bloomin’ Brands on Directors

April 13, 2020

Activist fund Jana Partners has struck a deal with Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN) on board seats. The two firms agreed to add two new independent directors to the restaurant company’s board. Bloomin is best known as the owner of Outback Steakhouse. The activist fund, which owns 9% of BLMN, has been pushing for changes to the board due to falling sales at the company.

Hedge Funds: Four Portfolio Managers Leave Citadel

April 6, 2020

Volatility has shaken the markets. The Dow had its worst quarter in history. The U.S. economy could see GDP fall by 30% this quarter. And four portfolio managers at Citadel won’t be around to see what happens next. 

Bloomberg reported that the hedge fund fired four portfolio managers last week. Chris Conner, Tio Charbaghi, Steve Bergman, and Chip Fortson are out, according to the report. The four all worked in Citadel’s Global Equities group. The timing coincided with the hiring of Justin Lubell, a Point72 alum, to take over that group.