John Kerry Set to Introduce George Soros at State Department Forum (TheBlaze)
Secretary of State John Kerry is set to introduce billionaire investor George Soros at a State Department forum Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Kerry will make the introduction at 1:30 p.m. at the event sponsored by the George C. Marshall Center, a German-based security and defense institute operated by both the U.S. Department of Defense and German Defense Ministry. A State Department spokeswoman confirmed to TheBlaze that Kerry will introduce Soros, but stressed that the forum is an in-house event for department employees only, not a public or press event.
Athenahealth responds to hedge fund critic (BostonGlobe)
Jonathan Bush was made for television. Or maybe it’s the other way around. He was certainly in his element last week, cycling through the business news stations on cable and online with trademark high energy and plenty of edgy one-liners. But this time, Bush was in the rare position of playing defense, trying to explain why everything was just fine at athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN), the Watertown health information company he runs. Bush was pushing back against an influential hedge fund manager, David Einhorn, who is well known for targeting companies he considers overvalued. Athenahealth stock has gotten clobbered recently, falling by 50 percent in just two months. Einhorn thinks it might plunge another 80 percent.
SunGard launches Hedge360 Risk Reporting Service for hedge funds (Fx-MM)
SunGard announces the launch of its Hedge360 Risk Reporting Service which provides hedge funds with independently validated data and analytics to help meet investor demand for due diligence and high-quality risk management strategies. Delivered as a managed service and fully hosted, Hedge360 Risk Reporting Service provides macro-scenario analysis and stress testing enabling hedge funds to build and maintain the institutional credibility they need to raise assets and achieve growth. The new service will help hedge funds gain a competitive advantage by ensuring an independent view of risk through increased monitoring of multi asset classes and instruments, improved data management and more accurate modeling of assets.
Asset surge propels Duet beyond $5bn barrier (eFinancialNews)
Duet, whose activities span hedge funds and long-only funds, private equity, and funds of hedge funds, managed more than $5 billion by the end of March this year, according to the firm’s website, up from roughly $3 billion the year before. Gabay told Financial News the rise in group assets was driven by “organic growth”. The group’s UK hedge fund business, called Duet Asset Management Limited, was responsible for a large chunk of the growth in assets.
Singapore’s Temasek starts hedge fund venture with Dymon Asia Capital (PIOnline)
Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, will start a venture with Dymon Asia Capital (Singapore) to back new hedge fund managers and strategies as it becomes a minority stakeholder in the firm. Temasek committed $500 million initially that will be managed by Dymon, a hedge fund manager based in Singapore, according to Dymon President Jay Luo. Temasek spokesman Stephen Forshaw confirmed the partnership in an e-mailed statement. The statement didn’t disclose the size of Temasek’s stake while Mr. Luo didn’t elaborate when asked by phone.
Breaking Up Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Would Be a Terrible Mistake (Fool)
Thornton O’glove, an eminent financial writer, recently advanced a curious proposition: Spin off Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) subsidiaries and break Warren Buffett‘s company apart. In opposing this idea, I find myself in the rather incongruous position of defending Mr O’glove’s interest against his own will, as he is a shareholder of Berkshire and I am not. …In the 1960s, it was conglomeration. Today, the scale has turned full circle to the new fad of spinoffs. A favorite among activists like Nelson Peltz and Carl Icahn, these schemes are almost always justified on the merits of “focus” and the ideal of “shareholder value.”