Wednesday, 24 September 2014
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Aug 13 2007 | 8:54am ET
The losses are accelerating and piling up at Goldman Sachs’ flagship hedge fund, Global Alpha.
The $9 billion hedge fund’s year-to-date losses have more than doubled in the first two weeks of August; it is down some 26% in 2007. The one-time Cadillac of Hedge Funds has shed an eye-popping 40% in just over a year.
Two weeks ago, on July 27, the fund was down just 12%.
Goldman has categorically denied rumors that Global Alpha is in danger of shutting down, though the fund was partly blamed for last week’s plummeting equities markets, as it shed liquid positions to meet redemption requests. And those requests may accelerate in the coming days.
The news of that Global Alpha is a quarter lighter today than on New Years’ Day could not have come at a worse time for the hedge fund: Its clients have until Wednesday to demand their money back on Sept. 30. Investors pulled some $394 million on June 30; they added a mere $142 million.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitich, CIO of Petty Endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.