What is a hedge fund?

A hedge fund is an alternative investment vehicle that employs numerous different strategies in order to achieve a positive return, called "alpha", for its investors. These kind of funds are actively managed and they usually make use of derivatives and high leverage with the goal of enhancing profits from trades. Hedge funds are generally only accessible … Continue reading What is a hedge fund?

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The rise and fall of Long-Term Capital Management

Long-Term Capital Management, also known as LTCM, was a large hedge fund, started in 1994 by John Meriwether, former vice chairman and head of bond trading at investment bank Salomon Brothers, with the intent of providing investors with absolute returns using trading strategies combined with high financial leverage. Alongside Meriwether, the fund was led by … Continue reading The rise and fall of Long-Term Capital Management

Black Monday: the stock market crash of 1987

After the Great Depression, started with the famous stock market crash of 1929, American people became so afraid of losing again all their saving that they left the markets, being replaced by institutional investors, such as insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds and commercial banks. Moreover, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), created … Continue reading Black Monday: the stock market crash of 1987

Is Herbalife a fraud? Bill Ackman says it is a huge one

It was May 1st , 2012 when David Einhorn, a well-known hedge fund manager, founder and president of Greenlight Capital, asked accurate questions about Herbalife International's business and sales models during the first quarter's earnings call, setting off suspicions that he had a short position on the stock. In fact, in January 2013 Einhord revealed that … Continue reading Is Herbalife a fraud? Bill Ackman says it is a huge one

Bernard Madoff

Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (1938-alive), usually simply known as Bernard Madoff, is an American fraudster and a former hedge fund manager and financier. He is famous for being the author of the greatest financial fraud of all times, the so-called Madoff Investment Scandal, happened in 2008 at the peak of the Great Recession. In the past, … Continue reading Bernard Madoff

Bernie Madoff and the greatest financial fraud of all times

Bernard "Bernie" Madoff was a well-respected hedge fund manager, founder of a successful investment company named Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC and, for a period of time, Chairman of the NASDAQ. In 2008, at the peak of the Great Recession, Madoff admitted to his sons who worked with him at his firm that the company was … Continue reading Bernie Madoff and the greatest financial fraud of all times