Economic Barometer

Navigating the Complexities of Social Security Benefits

August 16, 2017 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

As people approach retirement age, they naturally need to become familiar with what are the most beneficial practices regarding Social Security payments. Financial advisory companies such as Connecticut-based Essex Financial, are good sources of help when navigating the particulars of this universal entitlement. Everyone born after 1929 is entitled to Social Security benefits if they […]

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Australian Corporate Acquisitions

February 1, 2017 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

There are many reasons a company might purchase another firm in the same or similar industry.  These can usually be broken down into two main areas:  financial and strategic. A company might want to benefit from the clients that belong to the newly-acquired firm or can leverage the technology they have been using or even […]

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Fortress Macro Fund

January 18, 2017 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

The Fortress Macro Fund at the end of last year reported a median one-year price target of $5.88, implying that there still could be a rise in stock of more than 17 percent. In 2014, in an effort to widen the investment management skills of the fund, Jeff Feig undertook two new roles there.  Feig […]

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Hedge Funds Rethinking their Bets on Dollars

June 16, 2016 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

As we arrive at the end of 2016’s second quarter some hedge funds are rethinking their positions on the direction of the US dollar. The early days of the year brought precipitous falls in the value of the dollar, sending many investors to unload their stakes in greenbacks. Recent data have shown a serious sea-change […]

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Hedge Funds’ Outlook for 2016

January 14, 2016 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

2015 was a challenging year for hedge funds. 2016 is also looking uncertain. One example of this was the recent drop by 6% of the S&P 500, making it “one of the worst weeks on record for the U.S. stock market.” However, in China things have been looking quite different for hedge funds. According to […]

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Seminole Battening Down the Hatches as Financial Storm Refuses to Subside

December 7, 2015 Ryan James Economic Barometer

After 20 years of managing the $3 billion Seminole Capital Management Co. Inc., its co-founders have decided the time has come to step back and circle the wagons. Michael Massner and Paul Shiverick wrote a blunt letter to their investors describing a list of troubles facing the fund. The combination of high-frequency traders, the increased […]

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Hedge Funds Grabbing Talent from High Tech Companies

November 30, 2015 Debbie Jacobs Economic Barometer

As technology plays an increasingly important role in investing, hedge funds are becoming more aggressive in grabbing the best and the brightest away from their traditional home, Silicon Valley. Highly skilled computer scientists are called quantitative financiers when they are working in the financial management industry. Over the years they have developed innovative and increasingly […]

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Marc Lasry Says More Federal Stimulus is a Mistake

November 3, 2015 Ryan James Economic Barometer

After the economic crisis of 2008-2009, the US Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to help jump-start the economy. By providing inexpensive loans to businesses, the Fed hoped that the economy would get back on track. Unfortunately, growth continued to lag and the Fed decided more intense intervention was necessary. Thus was born the economic tool […]

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Managers Face Deep Pay Cuts During 2014’s Bad Year for Hedge Funds

May 10, 2015 Maria Morales Economic Barometer

It is no secret that 2014 was one of the worst years in history for hedge fund returns. And don’t think the managers of these funds haven’t had to take some of the responsibility, in the form of lower wages. As a group the 25 top-earning hedge fund managers collected what most of us would […]

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Hedge Fund Manager Having Bad Case of Déjà vu

March 18, 2015 PJ Moore Economic Barometer

Andy Redleaf, CEO of Whitebox Advisors, sent an internal memo last Sunday expressing worry that he sees signs of another crash on the offing, similar to that of 2007. The memo, which was obtained by CNBC.com, quotes Redleaf as saying: “I think it is a truly scary time.” Whitebox manages $4.2 billion in assets. Specifically, […]

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