Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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Mar 4 2008 | 12:25pm ET
A US$1 billion New York hedge fund is facing liquidation after dramatic losses in its Swiss mid-cap equity portfolio.
The losses at Focus Capital—which is unrelated to the British fund of funds shop of the same name—are yet to be finalized; PSolve Niche Opportunities, which invests in hedge funds, said it is writing off its entire investment in Focus, Financial News reports.
PSolve added that Focus is being wound up, but the hedge fund warned against jumping to that conclusion. Focus said its partners would “see within the next few days” about shutting down, with a spokesman telling FN, “at the end of the process we expect to have a liquidation.”
The firm has been battered by its Swiss mid-cap holdings, which have already been completely liquidated. The huge losses are a dramatic turn for the firm, which had previously known nothing but success: Since its founding in 2005, it posted annual returns of 38.6%, 112.2% and 45.7%, the latter figure for through October of last year.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
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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…
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