Economic Barometer

Fund Manager Druckenmiller Praises Fed’s Response to Covid

June 28, 2020 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

Stanley Druckenmiller, a veteran hedge fund manager, explained on CNBC that he was “humbled” by the strong performance of the stock market in late May, and admitted that he had underestimated the positive force the Federal Reserve was capable of exerting. “I had long-term concerns for the last few years that because of easy money, […]

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Hedge Fund Investments: A Guide for Retirees

January 23, 2020 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

When it comes to investing in funds, retirees have different criteria to those taking home a regular salary.  While it may seem at first glance that this would be disadvantageous for investment opportunities, there are actually some benefits to this new life status. According to retired accountant Michelle Flores, when one is retired they often […]

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July’s Returns Positive for Hedge Funds

August 18, 2019 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

Hedge funds responded positively to the expectation that the Feds were going to cut interest rates, climbing by 0.69 percent in the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index. That brings year-to-date returns to 6.56 percent. Approximately 70 percent of the companies making up the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index had gains in July, and about 27 percent of […]

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Dalio Says US Economy Not So Rosy Just Under the Surface

October 24, 2017 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

Ray Dalio, founder and head of the world’s largest hedge fund, took a deep dive into the inner workings of the US economy, and did not like what he saw there. Dalio, CEO of Bridgewater Associates, which manages $160 billion, posted on LinkedIn, the social media business networking site, his findings on the current state […]

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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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Clive Holmes, Clive Holmes Silverfern, Deloitte Australia, RAG, Silverfern Group,

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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