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Distressed Debt: What Happens When the Tree Stops Growing?

Dec 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics

Distressed debt markets have four themes emerging, according to a new paper issued by the Wells Fargo Investment Institute They are: the consequences of central bank tightenings around the globe; the elevation of debt levels, also something happening globally; the regulatory pressure over non-conforming loans (especially in Europe); and theRead More


Who Killed the Brokaw Paper Mill?  Not the usual hedge fund suspects

Dec 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Insolvency, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News

A new paper in the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law looks at the “Brokaw bill” of 2016 and at the facts said to have motivated it. This turns out to be an object lesson in how scary hedge funds, especially activist hedge funds, look to legislators, and theRead More


Eurekahedge: Hedge Funds Failing to Perform in 2018

Nov 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

The newest Eurekahedge report says that hedge funds globally are experiencing their worst year since 2008. They are down -2.15% for 2018 to date and in the first 10 months of 2008 they were down a full 9.55%. Other Year-to-Date Numbers Only a minority (roughly 47%) of hedge fund managersRead More


The Rise of the Net Short Debt Activist

Nov 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

A memorandum prepared by law firm Wachtell Lipton looks at what it calls the “rise of the net short debt activist.” Wachtell Lipton earned its wings on Wall Street as a defender of established managements when those managements find themselves facing activism or takeover. Indeed, one of the founding partners,Read More


M&A Worldwide Near-Term: New Numbers from Intralinks

Nov 15th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Family Offices, Allocating to A.I.

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is forecasting a lot of  deals for the first quarter of 2019: 20% year-over-year growth. However, if one looks at a broader frame, the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of the next, the year-over-year growth looks less impressive, at 6% worldwide.Read More


Hedge Funds in a Time of Wear and Tear

Oct 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

The latest report from Eurekahedge tells us that Asia-focused strategies in the hedge fund universe are showing the wear and tear of the US/China trade dispute. The Eurekahedge Greater China Hedge Fund Index shows losses of 8.16% through the first nine months of the year. The Eurekahedge commentary observes thatRead More


Some Clarity from the Delaware Supreme Court for Activists

Oct 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Regulatory, Regulatory Environment, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Legislation/Court rulings

The Delaware Supreme Court, on Oct. 9, upheld the Chancery Court’s dismissal of a buyout/squeeze-out related lawsuit. In the process, it issued an opinion that indicates that the room for activist investors to use litigation or the threat of litigation to derail controlling shareholder transactions may be quite small, andRead More


Hedge Funds in the Slow-down Phase

Oct 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

Fidante Partners, part of the Challenger Limited Group, has issued a white paper on the performance of hedge funds of various strategies in the slowdown and recession phases of a business cycle. The report, written by Joachim Klement, Fidente’s head of investment research, posits that the world is now inRead More


Inaccurate News Analytics: When Robots Get Things Wrong

Aug 28th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News

A new study prepared for the Federal Reserve Board looks at the use of algorithms to read and interpret financial news. While there have been a lot of studies that have looked at this topic, one unique feature of this new paper, “First to ‘Read’ the News,” is that itRead More


Asia-Pacific Region Will Continue to Dominate M&A Activity in 2H2018

Aug 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

Intralinks has issued its Deal Flow Predictor for mergers and acquisitions activity through the fourth quarter of 2018. This report doesn’t involve a crystal ball, nor the leak of inside information. Rather, Intralinks tracks early-stage M&A activity, the better to predict the volume of as-yet unmade announcements. The gist ofRead More


Eurekahedge: Hedge Funds Trailing Behind Last Year’s Performance

Aug 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

According to Eurekahedge, with the July numbers on hedge fund performance now available, 8.5% of hedge fund managers have posted double-digit gains in 2018 to date. Most of that gain is focused on those with a long/short equities mandate. That number is quite low. Eurekahedge contrasts it with the firstRead More


Eurekahedge: 2018 YTD Growth Positive but Unimpressive

Jun 24th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

The newest Eurekahedge report says that total hedge fund assets have grown by $26.4 billion in the year to date (through May). The gain is the result of inflow, not of positive performance. Assets flowing in to the industry’s coffers YTD equal $30 billion, and one gets the net growthRead More


China-US Trade War and Other Worries

Apr 29th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

The Eurekahedge April 2018 report says that hedge funds were down in the first quarter of the year (-0.13%). This is the industry’s worst performance since Q1 2016. The steepest performance-based losses by regional mandate were those of the North American funds, they lost $1.2 billion. Meanwhile, asset inflows remainedRead More


Funds Use Public Info to Complement Private Signals

Apr 12th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Equity Hedge Funds, Financial Economics Theory, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Finance & Economics

Alan D. Crane and two colleagues have written a paper on whether and how hedge funds profit from publicly available information, in particular from SEC filings. Crane is an assistant professor at Houston’s Rice University, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. He and two Rice students, Kevin Crotty andRead More


4 Lessons from the EQT Proxy Context

Nov 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

D.E. Shaw & Co., a hedge fund manager with an activist strategy and with about 4% of the equity in EQT Corp., said on September 14 that it thought the then-pending acquisition of Rice Energy Inc (RICE) by EQT should be contingent on two commitments: first, that EQT would mergeRead More


Hedge Fund Activism: The Facts Don’t Bear Out the Dire Warnings

Sep 24th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

Lucian Bebchuk, a professor at Harvard Law, has been at the heart of scholarly arguments over corporate governance for a long time, perhaps since 1990, the year he edited a textbook on Corporate Law and Economic Analysis. That was also the year Bebchuk, along with Marcel Kahan, authored a seminalRead More


M&F Worldwide: Not Just for Squeeze Outs Anymore

Sep 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

In 2014, hearing litigation over the fate of M&F Worldwide, the Delaware Supreme Court set out rules as to what a controlling shareholder has to do in order to keep his/its decisions within the safe domain of the “business judgment rule.” Last month, in a decision that may be ofRead More


Why They Call it an Absolute Priority Rule

Apr 9th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. matters to hedge funds pursuing a distressed assets strategy, because the Justices have now made it more clear than they had before that the absolute priority rule under the U.S. bankruptcy code’s chapter 11 is … absolute. ItRead More


Formula: Information + Liquidity + Short Time Horizon = Short Sales Profits

Feb 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

Jaewon Choi and two other scholars recently presented a paper that offers “direct evidence about the profitability of hedge fund short trades in equities.”  What is intriguing about this paper is not only what it finds about the profitability of short trades, but its method, why its authors consider theirRead More


Commissioner Piwower and Alpha Seekers

Nov 15th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Operations, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Commodities, Risk Management & Operations

With a new administration in the making, thoughts in the world of asset management naturally turn to the issue of appointments to the Securities Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Who is likely to get what position and what difference might it make? Recent practice has been thatRead More


Dealmakers: Trump, Hillary, and Mergers

Nov 3rd, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News

Intralinks, a firm created 20 years ago to enable “high-stakes transactions and business collaborations,” has surveyed global dealmakers on the upcoming U.S. presidential election and on how it may affect the economic and regulatory environment for mergers and acquisitions. The gist of it is: in a database of 1,600 M&ARead More


Eurekahedge: Exodus from the Event-Driven Funds YTD  

Oct 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Commodities, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I.

The event-driven hedge fund space is the most troubled in a generally troubled time for the industry. According to the new Eurekahedge report, the event-driven strategy “has seen US$14 billion investor redemptions over the past nine months,” and $10.7 billion over just the past six months. The first nine monthsRead More


It’s On: Bondholder Groups Square Off over Puerto Rico Financing

Oct 16th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Insolvency, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News

On Oct. 7, a group of hedge funds that hold the general obligation bonds of Puerto Rico amended an existing complaint (initially filed in July) in a significant respect: by adding a new defendant. The new defendant is the issuer of the “COFINA” bonds, the Puerto Rico Sales Tax FinancingRead More


Eurekahedge: Performance Down, Inflows Up in 1st Half 2016

Jul 28th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics

The latest report from Eurekahedge indicates that hedge funds’ assets under management are up by $19.9 billion in the first half of 2016 worldwide. Eurekahedge, which tracks the health of the hedge fund industry month by month, also says that total industry performance-based results were down, $5.2 billion, so moreRead More


Herbalife and Ackman: A History 

Jul 24th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

On July 15, 2016, Herbalife Ltd and the Federal Trade Commission reached an agreement that settles the FTC’s complaint. The company has agreed to pay $200 million to compensate consumers who may have been deceived into a rose-colored view of their prospects selling the branded diet and personal care productsRead More


Eurekahedge: Distressed Debt Managers Led the Tables in May

Jun 28th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

The latest report from Eurekahedge, in its tracking of the health of the hedge fund industry worldwide and month by month, indicates that hedge funds were up 0.40% in May. Reversals in commodity prices in the middle of the month, and weak equity performance in developing markets, both had anRead More


Puerto Rico: The New Argentina?

Jun 21st, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

Puerto Rico and various instrumentalities thereof may default on debt within days. If they do so, this will happen without the benefit of an applicable bankruptcy system or other legislated means of restructuring, without a referee if you will, unless Congress acts decisively within a matter of days, something thatRead More


Puerto Rico and Bankruptcy

May 30th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Insolvency, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

The bankruptcies of public bond-issuing entities, such as Orange County, Calif.; Jefferson County, Ala.; and the City of Detroit, Mich. are still rare events, but they exert a lot of influence, in part because they demonstrate the possibility of that which isn’t supposed to be possible. The sort of entityRead More


Thoughts on the Valuation of Secured Assets of a Bankrupt Debtor

Apr 26th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Insolvency, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

How should one value the assets of a bankrupt entity, especially those that secure its debt instruments? That is obviously a key question in the world of distressed-debt investing.  A 2014 report from a commission of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the continued controversy over that commission’s proposals, offers usRead More


The Puerto Rican Debt Crisis: Some Highlights Thus Far

Mar 31st, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Insolvency, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

It has happened before. An insolvent public entity, whether a sovereign nation, state, county, or other, can’t pay its bills and blames the crisis on the ‘vulture’ hedge funds taking its instruments from their first buyers for pennies on the dollar. The leaders of the insolvent entity thereby deflect blameRead More


Antonin Scalia: Three Decisions on Distressed Assets

Feb 16th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Insolvency, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

From the point of view of fund managers who seek alpha in bankruptcy courts, the late Justice Antonin Scalia was an ally. His decisions in bankruptcy and insolvency matters tended to offer such litigants exactly what they need: clear and predictable rules of law. Further, although Scalia’s popular reputation hasRead More


How ‘Fair’ is New Chapter 11 Reform? New ABI Study Investigates

Jan 14th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Alpha Strategies, Regulatory, Regulatory Environment, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

By Konstantin Danilov, CFA Even though the rate of public company bankruptcies is at an all-time low, there has recently been lots of discussion regarding proposed chapter 11 reform.  If enacted, some of these proposals may have interesting implications for distressed debt investors in the future. Proposed Reforms and ResponseRead More


Eurekahedge: All Regional Mandates Up for November

Dec 23rd, 2015 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I.

Faille takes a quick trip around the world with the assistance of Eurekahedge's numbers and graphs showing performance in November 2015 and year to date.Read More


Saudi Arabia: Opening to Distressed Debt Arb?

Dec 22nd, 2015 | Filed under: Newly Added, Insolvency, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News

A recent article in The National Law Review says that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is about to change its restructuring law in a way that will likely make restructurings more common in that influential country. One implication is that the change will provide alpha-seeking opportunities for investors and tradersRead More