Alternatives Review

Occasionally I take a look at the US listed alternative funds. Below is their performance year to date. With equities down around 4%, many of the alternatives have put in good performances. Standouts include Diamond L/S (DIAMX) and Dreman Value (DHG, still trading at a -13% discount) in the long/short category, and TFS Market Neutral…

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Rebounding

Do markets rebound after really bad months? Back in January I examined some of the worst months on record for 5 main asset classes in a piece titled, “Time to put money to work“. The summary: What are the key take-aways? – It does not pay to buy an asset class after a really bad…

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Memorial Day Weekend

I bet Warren Buffett is cracking one open this weekend. BUD at all-time highs. (From Stockcharts) Also got a new book on the way: Smarter Investing in Any Economy: The Definitive Guide to Relative Strength Investing by Mike Carr.

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When Buyouts Boom

Nice day for hedge fund favorite QCOM, up 4%. —- Brevan Howard announces €1bn LSE float for a fixed income/global macro fund. Once again, not in the US. In related news, an ETF provider in the US filed to launch the Intellidump Micro Retail Dividend Weighted 4X Leveraged ETF. —- Wait, so Red Rocks Captital…

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LinkFest

Consumer sentiment is the worst since I was (almost) 3 years old. —- Young and small hedge funds perform better – I like the sounds of that! —- Look at all that pork! From Carpe Diem: Imagine if Michigan’s struggling Big Three automakers suddenly struck this deal with Congress: The U.S. government would buy the…

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LinkFest

Microsoft is unveiling their “cash-back for search” offering (which is where you get anywhere from 2% – 30% for buying something that popped up from your search). Why stop there? Why not pay x% of clicks when the user searches and clicks on an ad? —- Larry Kochard has a great Market Wizards style book…

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13F Hedge Fund Best Ideas and Consensus Approach

Looks like another great quarter for the hedge fund tracking strategies. My previous observation that the funds exhibit similar downside volatility and much higher upside volatility looks like the right take away from this Q. Historical testing showed a FOF approach outperforms by about 6-12% a year, and out-of-sample results in 2007 (roughly 10% outperformance)…

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Want to blow something up?

My all time favorite YouTube to take you into the weekend (Spike Jones: Lakai- Fully Flared Intro) – I’ll be enjoying myself in the surprisingly warm city by the Bay at the Oyster and Beer Festival. Have a great weekend!

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Buffett the Endowment Manager

I downloaded a few of the sample PDFs at 13D research, and Kiril Sokoloff puts out some pretty interesting pieces. —-What’s the point of indexing hedge fund beta? Isn’t that the part you DON’T want? —- Munger at Harvard —- Back in March of 07 I wrote that I would likely see some follow on…

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Lighthouses Rule

I will be in SF Friday – Tuesday if anyone wants to meet up. —- The 13fs are rolling in and I will be updating the Hedge Fund Best Ideas and Consensus strategies this weekend. Are there any funds readers would like to see backtested? Maverick, Blue Ridge, Appaloosa, King Street, Baupost? —- I can’t…

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