6 Hedge Fund Trends to Watch in 2018

Hedge fund assets have hit record highs in each of the five past quarters, to some $3.2 trillion, and will grow by 5.5% over the next 12 months, according to Don Steinbrugge, head of Agecroft Partners, in his annual predictions of industry trends. Assets have risen despite a drumbeat of bad news about hedge funds, Steinbrugge… Please follow and like us:

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Innovative Securities: Higher Risks May Come in 2018

Innovative Securities: Higher Risks May Come in 2018 BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – We are living in the decade of bullish markets. Because of record returns (and low interest rates) retail money floods the market. What could next year hold for the investors after all this? Innovative Securities’ prognosis tries to answer. In 2017,… Please follow and like us:

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How Bitcoin Futures Trading Could Burst The Cryptocurrency’s Bubble

A new wave was added to the never-ending Bitcoin mania when the Chicago Board of Exchange (CBOE) became the first major derivative exchange to launch Bitcoin futures on December 10. Such was the euphoria among early investors that trading was halted twice due to CBOE speed breakers, which slow or pause trading when price movements are… Please follow and like us:

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Qatar central bank to probe effort to manipulate riyal

Qatar’s central bank has launched an investigation into what it says are attempts to harm the Qatari economy through the manipulation of its currency, securities and derivatives markets. Sheikh Abdulla bin Saud Al Thani, the governor of Qatar’s central bank, blamed the effort on a Saudi Arabia-led group of countries that imposed an economic boycott on… Please follow and like us:

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These Are the Biggest Threats to Investors, State Regulators Say

State securities regulators will be busy policing new and emerging scams in the new year. The North American Securities Administrators Association has just released its annual survey of state securities regulators’ top five current investment practices, products or schemes they’ve encountered over the past year as well as what they see as “emerging” threats in the… Please follow and like us:

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Struggling Mattel warns of slumping holiday sales as debt ratings are cut

Mattel Inc.’s struggles deepened Monday as the toymaker warned of slumping holiday sales as its debt was downgraded by the major credit-rating firms. Mattel said in a securities filing that its fourth-quarter sales would be “negatively impacted” because of “certain underperforming brands” and because retailers were tightly controlling their inventories this holiday season. As a result,… Please follow and like us:

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Junk Universe Sell-Off: Nothing To Worry About?

Last week investors pulled $6.8 billion from high-yield bond funds last week, the third-biggest outflow on record. Several factors contributed to the outflows including worries about the sustainability of yields at multi-year lows, rising interest rates, China worries and concerns surrounding struggling US tax legislation. However, while bond funds suffered outflows, investors snapped up equities. Equity… Please follow and like us:

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SEC Warns Against Illegal Cryptocurrency Promotions

Now that cryptocurrency crowdfunding campaigns have amassed more than $2.3 billion for high-tech projects worldwide, a trend often referred to as initial coin offerings or ICOs, lawmakers are taking notice. The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission issued a statement on Wednesday warning it may be illegal for “celebrities and others” to promote investments on social media… Please follow and like us:

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The Real Vampire Squid: Debt Service

Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes. – Benjamin Franklin, letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, November 13, 1789. Get The Full Ray Dalio Series in PDF Get the entire 10-part series on Ray Dalio in PDF. Save it to… Please follow and like us:

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The SEC Nabs Day Trader In Brokerage Account Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a day trader based in the Philadelphia area with participating in a scheme to access the brokerage accounts of more than 100 unwitting victims and make unauthorized trades to artificially affect the stock prices of various companies. The SEC alleges that Joseph P. Willner generated at least $700,000 in… Please follow and like us:

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In The World Of Cryptocurrencies, The ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Guy Is A Paragon Of Probity And Reason

When some disgraced huckster claws his way back into the headlines, it’s usually because they either got caught doing something more pathetic and odious than the previous offense, or they’re trying to sell a book. In the case of Jordan Belfort, the stock-promoter whose drug-fueled debauchery and boiler-room scammery inspired Martin Scorcese’s 2013 film The Wolf… Please follow and like us:

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China continues to add US treasuries holdings in August

WASHINGTON – China continued to increase its holdings of US Treasury securities in August, and remained as the largest holder of US treasuries. China raised its US treasuries holdings by $34.5 billion in August, with the total holding up to $1.2005 trillion, the latest data from the US Treasury Department showed on Tuesday. Japan, which overtook… Please follow and like us:

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Wells Fargo ordered to repay customers who lost money on complex securities

An investment industry regulator has ordered Wells Fargo to pay $3.4 million to brokerage customers who lost money buying complicated securities that even Wells Fargo brokers didn’t fully understand. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, said Monday that some Wells Fargo representatives mistakenly thought a kind of complex security linked to the popular Vix market-volatility… Please follow and like us:

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De-Dollarization & Disintermediation – Russian Mobile Phone Operator Issues First Blockchain-Backed Bond

by Tyler Durden Oct 4, 2017 6:30 PM Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, & Guns blog, For months now Russia has been moving into the blockchain space in a serious way. I’ve talked about these moves in previous articles ( here, here and yes, even here) Image Source: CoinTelegraph But, the latest news is… Please follow and like us:

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SEC Nabs 3 Brokers for Excessive Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged three New York-based brokers with making unsuitable recommendations that resulted in substantial losses to customers and hefty commissions for the brokers. One of the brokers agreed to pay more than $400,000 to settle the charges. An SEC examination of the firm Alexander Capital L.P. detected potential misconduct among certain brokers,… Please follow and like us:

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