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Don’t Be a Member of the Hedge Fund Club

  • April 24th, 2014

2013 was another great year for the global hedge fund industry. Net inflows were almost $64 billion and total assets reaching $2.63 trillion. Unfortunately, investors in hedge funds haven’t fared as well as the purveyors. Thus, we have one of the more puzzling anomalies in finance — the continued growth of an industry that for…

10 “Sure Things” for 2014: First-Quarter Review

  • April 24th, 2014

Now that we’ve got one quarter of 2014 behind us, it’s time to review how some financial pundits’ ”sure thing” predictions for this year are turning out. Keep in mind that if they were “sure things,” they should all (or at least most) be coming true. We’ll give a score of +1 for a forecast that’s coming…

The Impact of High-Frequency Traders

  • April 24th, 2014

The recent appearance of Michael Lewis, author of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, on 60 Minutes, created quite a stir about the impact of high-frequency traders (HFTs), claiming the game was, and has been, rigged, with the victims being all investors. High-frequency trading is a set of computerized trading strategies characterized by extremely short position-holding periods….

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