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  1. September 16, 2014

    Calpers gives up on the hedge fund dream

    In the years since the financial crisis, many once-fashionable investment vehicles have fallen from grace. Fewer buyers now...

  2. FT Alphaville

    July 21, 2014

    One in four lose some more

    The cover of FTfm features some tough Monday morning reading for professionals paid to help investors pick hedge funds:...

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  1. July 20, 2014

    Hedge funds braced for some of their worst returns since 2008

    Hedge fund managers expect to deliver some of their worst returns since the financial crisis this year, amid rising concerns...

  2. July 9, 2014

    Event-driven hedge funds pull ahead

    Hedge funds that trade on corporate dealmaking and agitate for change in boardrooms have been the winners in the first half...

  3. April 16, 2014

    Hedge funds suffer worst start to year since crisis began

    Hedge funds have had their worst start to the year since the start of the financial crisis as political uncertainly in...

  4. FT Alphaville

    February 25, 2014

    Can we finally lay to rest the idea that zombies justified their existence in 2008?

    When it comes to hedge fund performance there are a lot of excuses deployed to justify the billions of dollars charged in...

  5. January 22, 2014

    Investors forgive weak hedge fund returns

    Hedge fund investors must be forgiving types. Inquests on 2013 are under way, showing that the funds endured yet another...

  6. FT Alphaville

    December 9, 2013

    Zombies are the wrong kind of mean

    The generally excellent Spencer Jakab leaves his zombie repellent behind on Monday, when he speculates in the Wall Street...

  7. December 1, 2013

    Central banks cast as commodity hedge fund scapegoats

    Central banks have become a scapegoat for many struggling commodity-focused hedge funds, but investors have not given up on...

  8. November 12, 2013

    Goldman bet looks beyond hedge fund gloom

    Goldman Sachs is betting that the hedge fund industry can attract more investors despite its recent performance record – by...

  9. FT Alphaville

    November 8, 2013

    Another walking dead update

    Two months to go to year-end, and hedge fund managers are starting to ask their staff for some ideas to get performance up...

  10. October 9, 2013

    Record hedge fund inflows come at a price

    For hedge funds, with all due deference to Dickens, this is the best of times, and this is the worst of times. Never since...

  11. FT Alphaville

    October 8, 2013

    Walking dead update

    The latest monthly performance figures for the hedge fund industry are out — and those funds still breathing had a good-ish...

  12. FT Alphaville

    September 16, 2013

    Hedge funds and the last half-decade: you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone

    The financial crisis was tough for hedge funds: some collapsed, some merely lost half of their investors’ carefully managed...

  13. September 15, 2013

    Unfair Darwinian churn drowns small hedge funds

    Managers of smaller hedge funds endure the occasional bout of schadenfreude as they watch money wash into their bigger...

  14. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2013

    Hedge funds: nice backlash, but we still growin'

    Before anything, go read Josh Brown and come back. The total number of extant hedge funds is again above 10,000 and industry...

  15. July 28, 2013

    Hedge funds gripped by crisis of performance

    Hedge funds have a performance problem. Since the turn of the decade, Wall Street’s master stock pickers have spectacularly...

  16. July 14, 2013

    US hedge fund ads worry rivals

    Hedge funds could steal market share from the US mutual fund industry after the Securities and Exchange Commission scrapped...

  17. July 14, 2013

    Activist investors fuel event-driven returns

    Dell, Apple and Herbalife are just some of the companies to have come under intense activist-investor pressure this year....

  18. June 26, 2013

    Short view: hard going for hedge funds

    Would you have preferred a hedge fund caught in Lehman Brothers when the US bank collapsed in 2008, or one which made a...

  19. June 9, 2013

    Funds of hedge funds fight for survival

    Funds of hedge funds are being forced into a corner as investors withdraw billions of dollars from the sector every quarter,...

  20. May 10, 2013

    Finance: In search of the big idea

    Lincoln Center, home of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, exchanged art for avarice this week. Taking...

  21. March 24, 2013

    Hedge funds must make ‘evolutionary leap’

    Frustrated by a decade’s worth of poor returns, institutional investors are demanding hedge funds make an “evolutionary...

  22. March 21, 2013

    Hedge fund managers hail revival at last

    Leading hedge fund managers are reaping some of their biggest profits in years with many now hopeful that 2013 will prove to...

  23. March 21, 2013

    Hedge funds storm back into form

    With crisis in Cyprus, gloom in the UK’s Budget and growing fears of a correction in the US Treasury market, you could be...

  24. March 17, 2013

    Hedge fund newcomer’s assets double

    One of the most successful new hedge funds of 2012 has closed to new investors after doubling its assets and bucking the...

  25. March 14, 2013

    Hedge fund closures keep rising

    The number of hedge funds going out of business rose for the third year in a row in 2012, according to HFR, a data provider....

  26. February 13, 2013

    Hedge funds reap billions on yen bets

    Some of the giants of the hedge fund world have made billions betting against the yen in recent months, marking a return to...

  27. February 13, 2013

    ‘Abe trade’ revives macro hedge funds

    For an elite group of the world’s most successful and secretive hedge funds, only one bet has mattered for the past three...

  28. FT Long Short

    January 22, 2013

    Hedging, or chasing performance?

    Hedge fund returns should not be compared directly to equity benchmarks. Hedge fund marketers will always say this, and with...

  29. January 13, 2013

    Hedgies fall short but investors happy

    The highly paid alchemists of the hedge fund industry once held out the promise of racy returns, or at the very least solid...

  30. January 11, 2013

    Citadel boasts impressive returns in 2012

    Citadel, the Chicago-based fund manager, trumpeted “an exceptional year” at its two main hedge funds, announcing annual...

  31. FT Alphaville

    January 7, 2013

    FTfm on AV

    Some highlights from Monday’s FTfm. Vanguard wins big in price war Vanguard smashed the asset management industry’s record...

  32. January 6, 2013

    Investors keep faith in hedge funds

    Big investors are sticking to their hedge fund portfolio allocations, despite the lacklustre performance of some strategies...

  33. January 1, 2013

    Hedge fund industry loses out again

    Bearish hedge fund managers have lost out in 2012, with the $2tn industry suffering another year of disappointing returns as...

  34. December 23, 2012

    Top UK equity trader to leave Soros

    One of the UK’s top equity traders is leaving Soros Fund Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire George Soros....

  35. December 18, 2012

    Hedge fund trades that made top grade

    Hedge funds have struggled through another bracing year. The average manager has made just 4.9 per cent in the past 11...

  36. December 18, 2012

    Nimble multi-strats draw capital

    Instead of chasing the best possible trade each year, many investors are turning to a more pedestrian alternative: the large...

  37. December 2, 2012

    Quant fund launches at record high

    Trend-following quantitative “black-box” hedge funds are accounting for their highest-ever proportion of hedge fund...

  38. November 20, 2012

    Wrong sort of volatility hits trend followers

    In the days of British Rail, in the depths of winter, there was a particularly notorious excuse for tardy trains: the wrong...

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