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Asset Manager

Asset Manager
A , sometimes irreverant, look at the world of offshore investing, hedge funds, Swiss banking and all things investments..
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Fotune Favours The Brave?
2008-04-16 14:59:00
I recently returned from a trip to Canada. My flight was not going back until the Saturday so I decided to go to the airport via Niagara falls... never been there, thought it would be a box to tick on the 'things to do before you die' list. While the Falls are indeed, impressive, I didn't realise they were in the middle of an industrial estate and overshadowed by tacky hotels. There is a
When Will The British Bulldog Wake Up?
2008-04-07 10:46:00
Now don't get me wrong, I love the UK. There is no better place to be, in my opinion, in the summertime, than the Yorkshire Dales...if you haven't been, trust me, it is paradise on Earth. The thing is, however, that the government in the UK is a tax machine and nothing more. You can bleat on all you like about 'the best education system in the world' - 'the best health care in the world' blah
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Bears Running Scared?
2008-04-04 12:05:00
OK, so the dust has settled...I lost the passwords to the wordpress site and my huff has subsided with deathly silence from the detrators from the old firm. So Asset Manager is back, independent and ready to go. And what a ride we have been watching while we have been away! The markets have all but melted down and the hedge fund industry has change forever (OK at least until the next bull market
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Under New Management
2007-12-28 18:49:00
As checks and balances go, the internet has become the defacto 'court of public opinion' with little if any laws to reign in its growing negative affect on businesses and individuals. Yes I am aware of the libel laws etc, but the net is an organic beast that does not tie a website owner to one specific Internet Provider for any length of time. If a site is sued then the site owner just moves his
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Arise King Paulson
2007-12-14 11:32:00
"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run'. So wrote Kenny Rogers in 'The Gambler'. One who mastered the art of that this year in the hedge fund industry was John Paulson. Mr Paulson went out last year and raised $1bn for a dedicated fund to short the sub prime market 18 months on, across all of his funds, it is estimated that profits
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Bidders Hit The Rock
2007-11-20 12:28:00
Being a shareholder in Northern Rock must be an insomnia-inducing activity these days. We did have a long and then a short but have now decided that the game is just a little too risky for our blood with bids coming in for the company well below what the market expected... well, the optomistic side of the market, should I say. Shares in the troubled bank fell by more than 17% on Tuesday after it
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Hedge Fund Manager Toy of The Week.
2007-11-12 13:11:00
Predictable I know. However, I am going on a trip to Canada this week and have found a Lamborghini garage where the owner is my new best friend. He is moving to Geneva soon and I aim to have him on my Christmas list as soon as possible. Not just because he is a nice chap, but also because he owns one of every model of Lamborghini ever made and that, my friend, is an awesome reason to visit his
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Hedge Funds.. Sick as a Parrot?
2007-11-08 12:22:00
The Business Magazine had an article today that proposes that the hedge fund industry bubble is about to burst because the funds are now investing in football clubs. "There comes a point in the development of many industries – as there does in the lives of many individuals – where fabulous wealth starts to crowd out common sense" the magazine said. I can understand their logic, I am a Leeds
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New Managers Struggle For Funds
2007-11-05 14:32:00
Crikey... one doesn't know who to believe these days. We have had reports over the last few weeks suggesting that the hedge fund industry is AOK even with the recent turmoil and that we will see the industry stomping forward despite all the troubles. Today, however, Bloomberg ask "where have the hedge funds gone?" in an article discussing the troubles in start up funds. New hedge funds,
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Hedge Fund Manager - Toy of the Week
2007-11-02 20:39:00
Come on! You know you don't spend all day analysing shares and derivatives... There has to be some playtime.. and here it is... a fully kitted out racing simulator. For the cost of a couple of Monaco GP tickets you can be racing in the office while battering the CEO of a non-performing portfolio company.... The simulator's system, steering wheel and pedals come configured for your choice of Xbox
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Not So Easy - Jet
2007-11-02 14:27:00
It's Friday and I reserve the right to have a moan. There is a tenuous finance link if you can wade through this post but the post is more of a cathartic exercise to expel the poison brewing in recent experiences. Air travel is the theme for today's rant. No, I am not going to go on about the security issues at airports. Like many readers here, I suspect, I go into a 'travel trance' in order to
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Hedge Funds - Big Brother is Watching
2007-10-30 11:15:00
If doubling the tax rate for carried interest was a blow to private equity funds, now it is hedge funds turn with the FSA announcing that it is launching a formal 'assessment' (code for 'investigation') into the system hedge fund managers have in place to guard against market abuse. This after an initial review showed that some managers don't have adequate controls. This review lead the FSA to
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Every Cloud........
2007-10-29 08:34:00
When I traded commodities an old boss used to harp on about how volatility is 'our friend' and flat markets 'the enemy'. He also said that in volatile markets 'don't cry for the losers, short them'. This has been good advice and in the last few months, some of the losers are big names in the industry but they have been royally battered by others. One of those doing the battering is Michael Burry
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CGT 'Tax Paradise'
2007-10-22 12:32:00
We recently posted an article about Switzerland being the 'Pied Piper' of the financial markets with their attempt to lull fund managers over to the shores of Lake Geneva. It looks like the Times has picked up on the potential for the Swiss to clean up in the high stakes game of 'Tax Musical Chairs'. As we have said previously the mobile nature of funds and their managers makes a quick skip over
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Blogrush -The Next Big Thing? - We Think Not.
2007-10-22 11:15:00
I am always interested in new technologies or ideas that pop up on the web and have tried a few out on the web site here. I am not a techy genius so it is always a useful benchmark for whether something is user friendly or not... Basically, if I can fathom the installation of the widget or script then it must be easy. One of the areas that we have been manically scouring for a decent investment
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Regulators Can't Have Their Cake and Eat It
2007-10-17 19:49:00
There has been a lot of press recently reporting the call from regulators and politicians for hedge funds to have greater disclosure. It has been flavour of the month recently because of the 'threat' (as some see it) of the lightly regulated nature of these investment vehicles. The real question is; Can hedge funds survive if they have to disclose their inner most workings? I think not. At
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Hedge Fund Manager Toy of The Week..
2007-10-15 11:25:00
Reading the FT at the weekend I was inspired to add a new feature to the blog. "Hedge Fund Manager Toy of the week." For our inaugural award this goes to the Javelin Mark 10. Yes! Your own executive fighter aircraft. Being an ex-RAF engineer and married to a pilot, I am a bit of an aircraft geek so this was a shoe-in for this weeks award.. The jet is an executive jet for one + pilot, of
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Whitewash at Northern Rock?
2007-10-15 09:27:00
15th October As of writing troubled Northern Rock was falling like the proverbial stone, down 23% on news that the bank are in preliminary talks with bidders. The problem however, is that it appears potential bidders are talking about buying the bank under the 'whitewash provisions' of the UK takeover rules. Under the Panel of Takeovers and Merger rules any bidder who gains over 30% of the
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Private Equity CGT Doubles Under the UK Tax Reich
2007-10-11 11:18:00
Private equity and advisory firms have expressed their 'disappointment' at the latest tax bonanza announced by the new Chancellor of the Tax Reich , Herr Darling, after he announced that business taper relief on capital gains will be abolished and replaced with a flat capital gains tax rate of 18 per cent from April 2008. It is a reduction from the previous top rate of 25 per cent
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Regulators - The Blind Leading The Blind?
2007-10-10 11:41:00
It's always amusing to poke fun at the regulators but it is twice as much fun when industry 'experts' add to the cock up. I have always been told that the definition of an expert is 'ex' as in 'has been' and 'spurt' as in a 'drip' under pressure. This may be a little harsh but when the lunatics are taking over the asylum it's time to get concerned On Tuesday October 10th, Europe’s
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Funds - What's In a Name?
2007-10-08 12:39:00
I am sure we are all guilty of using industry buzz words. I am not so bad after years away from the front lines of broking where even potential lady friends were, in moments of extreme male chauvinism, classed as 'long' or 'bid only'. My favourite industry jargon of the moment however is "Recovery Funds ". The phrase is, obviously, a nice way of saying that the fund takes advantage of other
Hedge Funds - Phew! Its not so bad after all..
2007-10-04 17:57:00
Having served in the military I learned to 'about turn' with the best of them however, sometimes our square bashing did not go according to plan. One such memorable moment was at my 'passing out parade'. My family were there and all eyes were upon us. Just as a formation of Jet Provosts went over head our newly promoted Flight Lieutenant announced 'eyes halt' when of course it should have been '
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Hedge Funds and the UK Property Crash
2007-10-03 12:07:00
One of the quirky things about the UK economy of recent years has been the inexorable rise in the property market. In 1998 I lived in a 2 bedroom riverside apartment in a converted Victorian hotel. The views were fantastic and for a young man with a plan it was the perfect location. The walls were paper thin and the whole building needed some work, but all in all it was a great bachelor pad. So I
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The Hedge Fund Historian
2007-10-02 18:13:00
I enjoyed this article at Forbes LONDON - "The devastating nuclear exchange of August 2007 represented not only the failure of diplomacy, it marked the end of the oil age. Some even said it marked the twilight of the West." It may read like bad science-fiction, but the above scenario came from the pen of from Harvard professor and historian Niall Ferguson, whose prediction of a chaotic,
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Music Industry Winces at Free Album
2007-10-01 20:13:00
This is off topic, I know, but it does have implications for those of us who have entertainment companies in our portfolio. Today, the Independent ran a story explaining that the band 'The Charlatans' are to give away their new album for free on the Internet. Guess what? The music industry is none too happy about it. "You Cross My Path" will be free to anyone who wishes to download it from the
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UBS - Big Losses, But Big Profits
2007-10-01 17:52:00
What is the world coming too? Just when you think you know someone they go and surprise you with something unexpected. Those that read this blog know that we are huge fans of UBS Bank, our dealings with them are always professional and the staff in their private banking departments are different class. OK, so they may be rubbish at naming funds, trying to put as many words and numbers into the
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Abcap Relents on Redemptions
2007-10-01 14:36:00
Absolute Capital Management has relented on the 'no redemption' policy that its was looking to get investor approval for. The company has suffered a collapse in the share price over the last couple of weeks but seems to be taking the bull by the horns and doing its best to get the company back on track. In a letter to investors in four of its funds the company said it was going ahead with
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NetBank Fails - ING to the rescue
2007-09-29 18:54:00
I missed this one.......... It was reported in the FT on Friday night that ING Direct, a subsidiary of the Dutch financial group, is taking over the customers and insured deposits of NetBank, an online lender with $2.5bn (£1.2bn) in assets. Apparently the bank was shut down on Friday by the US government following losses on sub prime mortgages and other loans. It is a significant situation and
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Google - Where Have You Gone?
2007-09-29 16:30:00
Following on from my recent posts about the 'Google Factor' where Google hits had dried up for a while, I would have been happy to report that the Google traffic increased by 25% after that period. Sadly, it appears this was just breaking up love as they have gone, and my posts have disappeared for keywords on Google. I know not why. Hence my ode to Google (with apologise to the Fine Young
Brand it like a hedge fund.
2007-09-29 14:34:00
It's interesting to contemplate the growth of the hedge fund industry over the last few years and the amount of money that has flowed into them. The Wall Street Journal put it best saying that they had sprung up 'like weeds'. As we have commented before, however, a lot of so-called 'hedge' funds are not strictly doing what it says on the tin. For example, how many times have you heard the phrase
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