Economic Barometer

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 […]


Avenue Capital Group, Marc Lasry, Quantitative Easing, tapering, US Federal Reserve,

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 […]


14th annual Rich List, Alpha magazine, Bridgewater Associates, Citadel, Hedge Funds,

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, quotes Redleaf as saying: “I think it is a truly scary time.” Whitebox manages $4.2 billion in assets. Specifically, […]


Andy Redleaf, market crash, Whitebox Advisors,

Fund Guru Odey Warns Against China Dependence and Coming Recession

March 9, 2015 Debbie Jacobs Economic Barometer

Crispin Odey, one of the world’s most respected hedge fund managers expressed concern that economies that depend on China for their income are on the path towards recession. He further cautioned that central banks will not be able to save these economies since their supply of policy tactics have already been played out. Odey is […]


Australia, China, Crispin Odey, recession, short positions,

Stop Worrying about Leveraged ETFs, Say Feds

February 12, 2015 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

Many in the market have had concerns that leveraged exchange fund trades could create market volatility – a new study explains that these concerns are misplaced. As two Federal Reserve Board economists explain, capital flows actually reduce the need for ETFs to buy and sell assets to match movements that are happening in benchmark indexes. […]


Gold Gains Favor with Hedge Funds

February 2, 2015 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

Gold’s allure is growing as hedge fund managers look with caution to slowing European and Asian economies, which in turn can freeze US economic growth. Investors are turning to gold by the droves, with an 80 percent increase in their net-long position this year over last year. In addition, the economy’s growth during last year’s […]


Intercontinental Exchange Notes Bets on Oil Prices Down

July 21, 2014 Marcus Black Economic Barometer

Investors, hedge funds and other large speculators have cut their bets on higher prices for Brent crude oil by close to 25 percent during the week ending on July 15, according to an announcement made by ICE. Prices shrunk to their lowest point in three months. ICE declared that managers lowered their net long futures […]


Brent Crude Oil, Hedge Funds, ICE, NYMEX,

As Temperatures Drop Hedge Funds Bet on Natural Gas

February 10, 2014 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

Much of the United States has been suffering through a long, cold winter, with the end still months away. Natural gas, a prime fuel for heating households has been flowing at record rates to cope with what some are saying was the coldest winter since 1990, the year gas futures came into being. Speculation that […]


Bentek Energy, BNP Paribas, Brison Bicerton, cold, Eric Bass,

As Economy Recovers Managers Withdraw Gold Bets

November 14, 2013 James Heinsman Economic Barometer

Predicting that the Federal Reserve will be reducing stimulus activity to the economy, hedge fund managers have been lowering their bullish bets on gold. Last week managers added the highest number of short contracts in a month, and stakes in commodities fell the most since April. During the week ending November 5th the total amount […]


Commodities, Economy, Federal Reserve, Gold,

Investing in Gold as a Hedge Against Inflation

October 27, 2013 Debbie Jacobs Economic Barometer

As the economy begins to show positive signs of pulling out of its long recession, including lower unemployment figures, lower deficit spending, and increased revenues, there is a concern that inflation can take a bite out of the economic turnaround. Gold, in the form of coins and bullion, has been a traditional way for investors […]


Gold, Investment,

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