Hedge Fund Coatue Invests in Data Science

Hedge funds continue their push into “big data” analysis to land trading opportunities, and Coatue Management LLC is no exception, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. The fund recently announced a $27 million funding round for a company called Domino Data Lab Inc., a San Francisco startup founded by Bridgewater Associates […]

Yale’s Actively Managed Fund Performance Waning

The majority of the Yale University endowment fund is invested with active managers but, if you compare its returns to low-cost active strategies rather than to passive indices, “Yale’s active managers don’t look so special,” writes Bloomberg’s Nir Kaissar. In its recently released 2016 annual report, the article says the esteemed university’s endowment rebutted “fee […]

Tiger Cubs are Licking Their Wounds

A generation of hedge-fund firms started by protégés Tiger Global Management’s Julian Robertson, known as “Tiger Cubs”, are “among of wave of stock hedge funds that fared poorly in 2016,” says a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this month. Last year, the article states, Tiger suffered losses of about $900 million (a 15.3% loss) […]

Bridgewater Has Strong Showing in 2016

Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates earned almost  $5 billion for its clients last year according to a report by hedge-fund investor LCH Investments NV, versus losses suffered by rivals George Soros and John Paulson. This according to a recent Bloomberg article. In fact, the article points out, Bridgewater was the “most lucrative, in absolute terms, of […]

Hedge Fund Managers Search for Alpha in Big Data

If the world’s annual data generation was loaded into iPad Air tablets, says a recent Financial Times article, “the pile would reach from the earth to the moon more than six times over.” Technology companies can harvest information from consumer emails and online receipts which can then be “scraped, aggregated and sold to investment firms […]

Hedge Funds Hungry for Quants

If you’re looking to land a job at a hedge fund, polish up your algorithm building and data mining skills to get to the front of the line. This according to a recent Bloomberg article that explains how hedge funds are hiring quants “like never before in search of an answer to lackluster returns.” King […]

GMO: Don’t Bail on Hedge Funds

The fall in rates since the financial crisis has benefited stocks and other long-duration assets while hurting short-duration assets such as hedge funds, says GMO’s Ben Inker. “The characteristics that made hedge funds disappoint,” he says, “may well prove a blessing if discount rates start to rise.” Inker argues that today’s high returns and advanced […]

Investors Looking to Quants for Fund Management Muscle

As hedge fund managers continue to grapple with losing dissatisfied clients, those funds more highly-focused on a computer-driven approach (so-called “quantitative” hedge funds) are standing out, the Financial Times reports. According to FT, the flow of investor funds into the “quant” sector have more than doubled since 2009 (from $408 billion to nearly $880 billion). Several […]

Australian Hedge Fund Produces 23% Annual Returns by Staying Clear of Commodities

While many foreign investors may consider Australia a mining stockpile to feed China’s growth, one hedge fund proves otherwise. In a recent Barron’s profile, Marcus Hughes of LHC Capital explains how, since its inception in 2011, the $195 million Australia High Conviction fund has enjoyed annualized gains of more than 23% by avoiding the “meltdown” […]

Loeb Warns of Hedge Fund “Washout”

Dan Loeb, founder Third Point, draws two conclusions about the hedge fund industry and the markets in his recent shareholder letter, according to this recent Bloomberg piece. The first is Loeb believes the hedge fund industry is in the early stages of what he calls a “washout” after the group’s poor returns over the last […]

Hedge Fund Cloning Strategy Shows Massive Outperformance

In his MarketWatch column, Mark Hulbert discusses an investment strategy based on imitating hedge funds, which was developed by Mebane Farber of Cambria Investment Management. Faber argues that “we can duplicate [the best hedge fund’s] investment performance without having to pay a penny in management fees” by reviewing their holdings (which are publically available with […]

An Ecosystem of Experts Who Advise Top Hedge Funds

Ari Bergman acts as a consultant to pensions, endowments, and hedge funds, often through under-the-radar arrangements. As the Wall Street Journal describes it, Bergmann “is part of a larger ecosystem of consultants who sell their investment beliefs to hedge funds. The funds, hungry for returns or cheap hedges for their portfolios, get fresh ideas that […]