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Hedge Fund News: Steven Cohen, Crispin Odey, J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP)

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Editor’s Note: Related tickers: J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), Barclays PLC (LON:BARC)

SAC CAPITAL ADVISORSSAC Capital Further Relaxes Redemption Policy (HereIsTheCity)
SAC has been under fire in recent years, as the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission have investigated numerous current and former employees suspected of engaging in insider trading. Late last year, a case against former SAC trader Mathew Martoma-who has so far pleaded not guilty to insider trading charges-drew the firm’s founder, Steve Cohen, into the mix based on an allegation that he authorized a sale of two pharmaceutical holdings motivated by insider knowledge. Cohen has insisted he behaved properly, and SAC informed investigators that it had opposing positions in the two pharmaceutical stocks that offset any economic gains from the Martoma sales.

Hedge Funds Cut ICE Brent Crude Net-Longs to Four-Month Low (Bloomberg)
Hedge funds and other money managers cut bullish bets on Brent crude to their lowest level in four months for a third consecutive week, according to data from ICE Futures Europe. Speculative bets that prices will rise, in futures and options combined, outnumbered short positions by 99,127 lots in the week ended April 23, the London-based exchange said today in its weekly Commitment of Traders report. The reduction of 8,973 contracts, or 8.3 percent leaves so-called net-longs at their lowest since Dec. 11.

Lyxor expects hedge funds to generate positive returns for the rest of the year (Opalesque)
Lyxor Research predicted that risk assets were set to generate positive returns for the rest of 2013, driven by a slowly expanding global economy and ultra accommodative monetary policy. Stenham A.M. reportedly launched two new funds of hedge funds, one focusing on credit, the other on healthcare; former UBS credit trading head Yassir Benjelloun-Touimi started a new hedge fund called Arcade Capital, said Reuters; ex Millennium portfolio manager Eduardo Abush was said to be preparing to launch a real estate equity hedge fund; BlueCrest Capital is moving back into equities and prepping what could be one of the biggest new fund launches in Europe, HFI reported; and KeyQuant announced the launch of the swap-free Key Trends UCITS Fund.

Hedge fund managers feeling the heat over fees (Opalesque)
Maturing industry, changing investor base, financial crisis and regulations are adding pressures to hedge fund managers to rethink their “2 and 20” fee structure, according to a report by the Financial Times. The traditional hedge fund investors, the wealthy individuals and private banks, have now been replaced by institutions which are more sophisticated and are questioning the fee structure due to regulatory and investment structure, Eric Schlaikjer, co-founder of $5bn quant fund Cantab Capital Partners, told the FT. He was quoted as further saying, “Australian superannuation funds, as an example, are unable to pay the industry standard fees of two and 20. Investors are also used to paying less for scalable strategies; for example those investing in large-cap equities.”

Annual £10,000-a-ticket hedge-fund gala which has raised £100million for charity and hosted Madonna is put on ice (DailyMail)
With the Krug champagne flowing freely, it was the ultimate lavish party for hedge fund managers. But the £10,000-a-head Ark gala dinner which attracted an enviable celebrity crowd and leading figures from the financial services industry has been cancelled. As the economy struggles to grow its way out of recession the charity event – which was one of the ultimate symbols of the age of excess – has been cancelled. Over the last decade, the event which Madonna once sang at, has raised more than £100million for charity. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the party last year as the event, held in a marquee in Kensington Palace Gardens, raised £14.5million. Other guests at last year’s party included Holly Valance, Jemima Khan, former athlete Denise Lewis and model Eva Herzigova.

U.K. Bank Shortfalls, Hedge Fund Ads, SEC ‘Shift’ (BusinessWeek)
Britain’s new banking regulator has rattled lenders by holding off disclosing how much capital each firm will have to raise after ordering the industry to plug a 25 billion-pound ($38 billion) shortfall by the end of the year, three people with knowledge of the discussions said. The Prudential Regulation Authority, the unit of the Bank of England that took over supervision of the industry from the Financial Services Authority this month, isn’t expected to detail the steps all banks need to take to bolster their balance sheets until mid-May at the earliest, said two of the people who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Banks had expected to be told in March, one of the people said.

India’s regulations for hedge fund licence applicants (Business-Standard)
The Securities Exchange Board of India imposed rules on alternative investment funds in May 2012. The capital markets regulator organises alternative investment funds – such as venture capital, social venture funds, small and medium enterprise funds and hedge funds – under three categories. Hedge funds fall under a category that allows them to undertake leverage and employ complex trading strategies. Below are some of the rules set for this category: …Such a fund must manage assets with a total value of at least 200 million rupees.

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