Hedge Funds

Arizona Pension to Decide on Portable Alpha: From The Minutes

June 17, 2015

(Bloomberg Brief) — Hedge fund-specific items gleaned from public pension minutes and other similar documents, as reported in today’s edition of Bloomberg Brief: Hedge Funds. Arizona’s Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, which in April discussed adding “portable alpha equity long/short” to its U.S. equity portfolio, will “take possible action” on proposed changes to

UN Endowment Fund May Add Hedge Fund of Funds: From The Minutes

June 10, 2015

The $359 million United Nations University Endowment Fund is “considering investing” in hedge fund of funds and other alternative assets, according to a request for global custody and master record keeping services. UNUEF is primarily invested in equities and fixed income and is authorized to hire external fund managers “but currently only its small

Mark Kingdon Attends China Institute Gala: Over The Hedge

June 4, 2015

By Amanda Gordon and Simone Foxman Mark Kingdon hung out with an astronaut and an opera singer on May 29 at the China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala. The astronaut, Leroy Chiao, was an honoree, and the singer was bass and Metropolitan Opera regular Hao Jiang Tian. The talk of the

Cook County May Restructure Hedge Fund Investments

June 3, 2015

Tulare County Employees’ Retirement Association‘s asset allocation had a “hedge fund shortfall pending manager search,” according to a report dated May 11 that was included in back-up materials for its May 27 board meeting agenda (see “Board of Retirement Agendas 2015″). Cook County Pension Fund was scheduled for a “hedge fund structure review”

Point72, Maglan Capital, Balyasny: Returns in Brief

May 27, 2015

Point72 Asset Management, the $11 billion firm that manages the money of billionaire Steve Cohen, has gained 8.5 percent this year through the first week of May, according to the firm’s president, Doug Haynes. Haynes gave his first interview last week since joining the firm in February 2014. The firm,

On Hedge Fund Managers as ‘Society’s Lottery Winners': Opinion

May 20, 2015

President Barack Obama last week made a speech where he referred to hedge fund managers as “society’s lottery winners.” Obama’s comments came at a poverty summit at Georgetown University in Washington, where he was once more pushing to raise taxes on carried interest. He was clear to say he didn’t

KKR Presents to Alaska Retirement Board: From The Minutes

April 30, 2015

Compiled by Nathaniel E. Baker (Bloomberg Brief) — Hedge fund-specific items gleaned from public pension minutes and other similar documents, as reported in this week’s edition of Bloomberg Brief: Hedge Funds. KKR Prisma’s Eric Wolfe and Helenmarie Rodgers were scheduled to present at Alaska Retirement Management Board’s board of trustees

Are Liquid Alts Really Cheaper Than Traditional Hedge Funds?

April 29, 2015

By Nathaniel E. Baker Two weeks ago, I looked at a so-called liquid alternatives fund, pointing out that it provided neither a break on fees nor returns superior to its benchmark. But that was just one fund. What about liquid alts as a whole? A recent study by Preqin attempts

Marketers of Liquid Alts May Want to Tread Carefully on Fee Talk: Opinion

April 14, 2015

BY NATHANIEL E. BAKER Apparently the best way to combat hedge funds’ high fees and underperformance is (wait for it!) through high fees and underperformance. That at least is a conclusion one might take from last week’s story about David Bonderman’s family office backing a so-called “liquid alts” hedge fund strategy. Here’s

Exclusive Interview with Christina Alfonso, founder and CEO of Madeira Global

April 7, 2015

Christina Alfonso, founder and chief executive officer of Madeira Global, spoke with Bloomberg Brief reporter Hema Parmar about impact investing concepts. The New York-based investment adviser focuses on aligning financial returns with social or environmental objectives. It co-manages an impact investing hedge fund with Brevet Capital.Alfonso’s comments have been edited