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John Paulson to Start Fund to Reduce Clients’ Tax Bills (Bloomberg)
Billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson, who recently considered a move to Puerto Rico to lower his own tax bill, is starting a new fund pitched at clients keen on paying less to the U.S. government. Paulson’s $18 billion hedge-fund firm invited prospective clients to an April 24 event at Paulson & Co.’s New York offices, where the 57-year-old founder will talk about the Paulson Partners Premium LP Fund, described as a “risk- arbitrage fund for investors looking to mitigate income taxes.”
Billionaire Steinmetz sues ex-adviser over Soros link (Reuters)
Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz is suing his former London-based business advisers and a British ex-minister in a battle over Guinea’s mineral wealth. Steinmetz has been at odds with the government of the West African country for months over the right to mine half of the giant Simandou deposit, one of the world’s largest untapped iron ore discoveries. The mining arm of his business empire, BSG Resources (BSGR), accuses the government’s high-profile foreign advisers, including the hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, of carrying out a damaging and personal smear campaign to thwart its ambitions in Guinea.
Hedge Funds Attract $11B In February (FINalternatives)
“The hedge fund industry continues to struggle with performance,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “The industry delivered a return of 0.4% in February, less than half of the S&P 500’s 1.1% rise. In the past 12 months, hedge funds earned 5.8%, while the S&P 500 rose 10.9%.”
Third Point Plans Greek-Focused Hedge Fund on Recovery Bet (Bloomberg)
Daniel Loeb’s Third Point LLC is starting a hedge fund focused on buying Greek assets after a wager that European officials would rescue the indebted nation from financial collapse helped drive gains last year for his $11.7 billion investment firm. Third Point Offshore Fund Ltd., the firm’s biggest hedge fund, rose 21 percent in 2012 after buying Greek sovereign bonds that surged when German Chancellor Angela Merkel softened her stance on spending cuts in Greece and the European Central Bank unveiled measures designed to keep the euro currency bloc intact. Third Point joins U.S. firms including Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE:OAK) and Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE:FIG) in hunting for bargains in Greek assets after more than five years of recession drove down equities and property values.
MBIA Inc. (MBI) Was Just Given a Beat Down by The Legendary Bruce Berkowitz (Insider Monkey)
This just in, Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme sold off 11,069,600 shares of MBIA Inc. (NYSE:MBI) in a 13G filing with the SEC. Altogether, the fund’s position in MBIA is now worth close to $330.6 million, and on a share-basis, this represents a decrease of 26%. In investment circles, 13Gs indicate the intentions of passive fund managers. These mega-investors aren’t always exposed to the same amount of coverage as their activist peers, but passive hedgies must still be keyed on as well.
Ackman concedes JC Penney management mistakes, eyes future (Reuters)
J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) board member William Ackman on Thursday acknowledged the shortcomings of the chief executive officer he handpicked to turn around the retailer and said he was optimistic about the company and its future. Speaking at a luncheon in New York, Ackman said Penney’s former CEO Ron Johnson was not at the company’s Texas headquarters enough, since his family lives in California. Even though Johnson worked hard, Ackman said the lack of his physical presence “affected the morale of the home team.”
Blackstone Seeks Tech. Partners For Dell Deal (FINalternatives)
The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) is in talks with several technology companies about joining its buyout bid for Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL), while a major Dell shareholder said it supports Blackstone’s potential offer—or that of Carl Icahn—over the $24.4 billion deal from company founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners.
Gundlach Sees Falling Yields Curtailing Bond Deposits (Bloomberg)
Jeffrey Gundlach, manager of the top-ranked DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund (DBLTX), said shrinking bond-market returns may prompt investors to stop piling into fixed-income funds as soon as this year. “If bond yields stay where they are,…