Hedge Funds

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Bill Ackman’s not especially reticent about talking up his investments. Now, with his planned fund IPO, he’s going to be legally obligated to be even less reticent. Which means that, if you’re like Carl Icahn and think Bill’s a pretty smart guy every now and again, and don’t mind sifting through what floods into your inbox with a “Bill Ackman” Google News alert, and were so inclined for some reason (the 30% return this year being a good one, we suppose) to mimic his every move, you can have something approximating the Bill Ackman portfolio without having to give Bill Ackman a dime. You’re welcome. Read more »

Steve Cohen Is Looking For A New Right Hand

The incredibly-named Chandler Bocklage, last seen shilling for Steve at that Martoma guy’s trial, has moved on. As have six other Point72ers. Read more »

WestEnd Capital Management’s Sean Cooper allegedly took a few hundred thousand dollars more than he was entitled to. Guess where half of it went? Read more »

Local Superhero Ready To Fix Europe

Europe’s leaders, adopting a money begets money approach, are looking to conjure a few billion dollars to juice up the continent’s economy. Perhaps they should give Cliff Asness a call. He’s always happy to weigh in on such things. Read more »

Carl Icahn Drives A Hard Bargain At Work And At Home

Young Brett Icahn’s plans to follow in his father’s footsteps with a chunk of his father’s money have run into a snag, namely, his father. Sure, the elder Icahn would be happy to help his son remove the training wheels, but he just can’t help it if he’s the superior negotiator, even at 78. Read more »

Hint: One’s run by a hot-dog enthusiast and starts with a “P” and ends with an “oint72.” Read more »

The Curse Of Cristina Kirchner?

We don’t know if Paul Singer believes in karma or what-goes-around-comes-around or South American witchcraft. What we do know is that immediately after forcing Argentina into default, his hedge fund’s worst month in five years dawned.

Oh yea, by the way? Paul Singer’s worst month in five years was a 0.8% drawdown. So he’s probably not too worried. Read more »