Short-Seller John Hempton Taunts Ackman

An article in The Sydney Morning Herald offers a profile on Australian hedge fund manager and “fraud-hunting short seller” John Hempton, a self-described eccentric who, while known mostly for his short bets, says he makes his real profits from long-term stock picking. The article reports that Hempton’s firm, Bronte Capital Management, “has bet profitably against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and made money on a stake in Herbalife Ltd., both of which pit him against Ackman.”… Read More

Bill Ackman Seeing Rapid Investor Redemptions

After three years of poor performance, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management LP is losing investors at a clip and, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, “facing a future that would no longer include managing a private hedge fund.” The Blackstone Group LP has been withdrawing cash from the fund, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s asset-management group has stopped recommending the fund, the article reports. Pershing’s assets have fallen from $20… Read More

Study Shows Hedge Funds that Research More Earn More

A new study from Rice University found that hedge funds that conduct frequent research post better average returns compared to those who do not, according to a recent article in Specifically, researchers found that hedge funds accessing one or more SEC filings in a month exhibited 1.5 percent higher returns in the subsequent month and that “above-median users generate 2 percent higher returns per year.” The firms Renaissance Technologies and BlackRock, the article reports,… Read More

Cliff Asness Hedges Regarding Hedge Funds

In a recent Bloomberg article, AQR’s Cliff Asness argues that the opinion pendulum on hedge funds has swung too far, that “all you read about today is that hedge funds are a failure and investors are fleeing.” This overreaction, he explains, comes in part from; (1) a failure to understand how to measure hedge-fund returns, and the fact that (2) the last few years have been a “mild disappointment and they have given critics enough… Read More

Ritholtz on Hedge Fund Mediocrity

According to Bloomberg columnist Barry Ritholtz, hedge funds are selling public pension funds “an inflated estimate of expected returns,” adding that “it is a challenge to explain why so much money has found its way to so much mediocre performance.” He cites findings reported by Bloomberg reflecting how “investment managers often share their lofty fees with placement agents who hawk the hedge funds….especially to pension funds. Some states have banned their pension plans from using… Read More

Top-Ranking Hedge Funds

A recent article in Institutional Investor lists the top-earning hedge funds. The list is headed by Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest firm with $122 billion under management as of the beginning of 2017. George Soros ranked second, followed by Ken Griffin’s Citadel.

Soroban Capital is Among Funds Returning Client Money

Soroban Capital Partners is the latest in a “string of managers to return some client money as stock markets have rallied.” This according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. While the firm says it remains optimistic about the market environment, its plan to return some client money from its oldest fund will allow for the “continued flexibility to compound capital over the long run.” The article cites comments by Greg Dowling of Fund… Read More

Hedge Funds Waiting for the Next Bear Market

“No  one is more eager for the next bear market than long-short hedge funds,” reports a recent Bloomberg article. These funds, the article explains, are not designed to keep up with the bull market. “Instead,” it says, “their ability to short stocks provides shelter during the occasional bear markets and by extension less volatility and higher risk-adjusted returns than the broad market over time.” Over the last nine years, however, these funds have lagged the… Read More

One Bitcoin Hedge Fund Has Returned 25,004%

Since its launch in 2013, the Pantera Bitcoin Fund–one of the first in the world to dedicate itself to cryptocurrencies—has returned a whopping 25,004 percent to investors, with a compound annual return of about 250 percent. This according to a recent article in The New York Times. The article cites comments by the fund’s founder, Dan Morehead, who says it has been attractive because it allows investors to bypass Bitcoin exchanges such as Coinbase that… Read More

Bill Miller is Working Toward a Comeback

During his 30 plus-year tenure at Legg Mason, Bill Miller was considered a go-to manager for market beating returns, says a recent article in The Washington Post. “And his fall from grace,” it adds, “was nearly as spectacular.” Miller’s performance fell precipitously during the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the article reports, at which time “once-loyal clients took their billions and left,” and Miller left the firm. Working toward a comeback, says the Post, Miller is… Read More