Archive for January, 2012

Investing in Bernanke – Draghi Markets

January 31, 2012

Chidem Kurdas

Why did hedge funds as a whole disappoint in 2011? One obvious answer is (more…)

Black Diamonds Get Noticed

January 26, 2012

Chidem Kurdas

Investors are always on the look-out for the next great manager, though the top league of large hedge funds has not changed much in years and consists mostly of the same names. One firm that (more…)

Can Permal Buck Trend?

January 24, 2012

Funds of funds as a group have not recovered (more…)

Alternatives: Goldman vs. JP Morgan

January 18, 2012

Chidem Kurdas

Do alternative investments, primarily private equity and hedge funds, have a future at investment banks? (more…)

Bond Market Worries Favor Arbitrage

January 17, 2012

Chidem Kurdas

Rates are so low, the only direction they can go is up. That’s the conventional wisdom and it implies that the bond rally is near its end.  Despite that concern, investors have been moving money to fixed income arbitrage funds. The reason (more…)

Investing for Worst Case Scenario

January 12, 2012

Chidem Kurdas

German national output declined in the fourth quarter.  If the recession caused by the European debt crisis spreads and engulfs the world economy, a crisis situation like 2008-2009 could again develop, with all markets going downhill together. What type of investment will perform in this worst-case scenario?   (more…)

BlackRock Readies Broad Spectrum Strategy

January 10, 2012

A former pension investment officer heads the team that will manage a wide-ranging portfolio of alternative investments.  (more…)

Wide Performance Dispersion in Volatile Markets

January 4, 2012

Chidem Kurdas

Global macro is the kind of flexible strategy that should do well in a difficult economic environment. How did investors in the strategy do in 2011? (more…)

Cerberus Goes for Satellite Imaging

January 3, 2012

Chidem Kurdas

GeoEye offers satellite-based imaging to users that range from the US Department of  Homeland Security to oil pipeline operators. Promising though that may sound, GeoEye stock went into a downward spiral in the last quarter of 2011. (more…)