March 15, 2004 |
How rich would you be if you could spend every dollar twice? If you could buy a home on the Main Line - and get a Shore house thrown in for free? If your next slot-machine pull came with a complimentary lottery ticket - and both won? That's something like what Pennsylvania achieved last year with a chunk of its $24 billion state workers' pension system. In late 2002, the State Employees' Retirement System invested $2.3 billion in scores of unregulated investment pools called hedge funds, then set up Wall Street trading arrangements - "equity swaps" - to buy the future gains or losses of a similar-size investment in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index.
March 5, 2004 |
The Pennsylvania state workers' pension system says its expensive bet on unregulated hedge funds paid off handsomely as the stock market rose last year. "After the three tough years of 2000-02, the worst bear market since the Great Depression," the State Employees' Retirement System is "back on track," chairman Nicholas V. Maiale told the state Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday in SERS' yearly budget presentation. In part, Maiale credited the hedge funds, which he said were "not risky," despite their reputation, but instead provided "returns higher than average.
January 23, 2004 |
Does money grow best in the dark? At a time when securities cops and small investors are demanding more accountability in the financial markets, Pennsylvania's state pension fund is following some other big institutions in hiring unregulated investment managers whose methods are deliberately obscure. The $24 billion State Employees' Retirement System is moving billions from familiar, transparent, government-regulated stock-index funds to hedge funds, whose managers do not have to report what they do with clients' cash.
October 15, 2003 |
American Business Financial Services said yesterday that it completed $450 million in borrowings, easing a cash crunch at the lender specializing in high-risk mortgage loans. "We're breathing easier this afternoon," said Albert Mandia, the Center City company's executive vice president and chief financial officer. American Business Financial is paying dearly for the loans, which include $250 million from an investment group led by Lubert-Adler Management, a Philadelphia hedge fund.
September 4, 2003 |
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced yesterday a sweeping investigation into major mutual-fund companies, accusing them of illegal trading that may have cost shareholders billions of dollars. Spitzer said Canary Capital Partners L.L.C., a large hedge fund, agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that it invested in the mutual funds in exchange for an opportunity to make illegal trades in the funds' shares. Canary did not admit or deny wrongdoing, but it agreed to help Spitzer's investigation.
June 6, 2003 |
Three women who are veterans of the financial services industry announced yesterday the formation of NewMarket Capital Partners L.L.C., an investment company in Philadelphia that will manage two new hedge funds. NewMarket is managing the funds for CMS Cos., a Philadelphia investment company that helps entrepreneurs manage their money. Patricia Young, Diana Wagner and Mindy Posoff are the founders of the new hedge funds. "We think it's a great time to launch NewMarket Capital Partners because it's anticipated that over $2 trillion will be invested in hedge funds in the next five to seven years," said Young, 48, the company's chief investment officer.
May 13, 2003 |
Investors who have been hurt by the stock market have searched for anything that has been making money during the last three years. For some, the answer has been hedge funds - high-risk, largely unregulated investment pools. Indeed, hedge funds gained an average of 11.2 percent annually in value the last five years, while stock mutual funds lost 1.2 percent in the same period, according to data from Van Hedge Fund Advisors Inc. Since 1990, the hedge-fund industry has grown more than 600 percent after adjusting for inflation, from $92 billion in assets to $650 billion, Van Hedge Fund Advisors estimated.
March 12, 2003 |
Questioning insider stock sales and "wildly illogical acquisitions" at Penn Virginia Corp., a New York hedge fund called on A. James Dearlove yesterday to resign as president and chief executive officer of the Radnor-based energy company. In a letter mailed to Dearlove and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Third Point Management Co. said it wanted chief financial officer Frank Pici to take over. Dearlove did not return phone calls. The oil and gas exploration and production company's stock rose 24 cents in New York Stock Exchange trading to close at $37.24.
March 12, 2002 |
As an executive at Fidelity Investments, Paul Hondros once rallied the crowd at a 1992 company meeting by playing a clip from Rocky. Now, this former Philadelphia beat cop has returned to his hometown, trumpets blaring once again, as he tries to add his latest company to the list of investment heavyweights that call this region home. Gartmore Global Investments has $78 billion in assets, but, despite its large size, it is little-known in this country, especially among individual investors.
November 2, 2000 |
The collapse of a 23-year-old Delaware money manager's $8 million hedge fund last month has prompted investors in another of his funds to check their balances. Apex Investments, the advisory firm that Mark Yagalla has operated since he was a 17-year-old high school senior in Carbon County, Pa., attracted at least $28 million from investors over the past six years, according to a Bala Cynwyd attorney and his clients. Some investors say their accounts are several million dollars short.