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News Worth Reading: October 23, 2015

News is overrated. We recommend reducing your daily intake and concentrating instead on hard data and data-rich analysis. That said, there’s always great information out there if you know where to look. The following comprises our list of news worth reading from the past week.

Hedge Funds

  • Hedge fund performance fees are falling (ft)
  • Hedge fund assets fell the most since 2008 last quarter (finalternatives)
  • The SEC released statistics on more than 2,600 fund advisers (nytimes)
  • Digging through the SEC’s statistics on hedge fund ownership (alphaarchitect)
  • A handful of hedge funds are going after the student debt market (institutionalinvestor)
  • Institutional investors own half of the world’s private fund exposure (pionline)
  • The SEC is keying in on compliance failures at hedge funds (ft)

Private Equity

  • Contrarians take note: there is a ton of money pouring into venture capital (pionline)
  • Risk/return profiles for 12 private equity strategies (preqin)
  • Style drift in private equity suggests we may be reaching a top (pionline)
  • JP Morgan is selling off the majority of its Highbridge private equity unit (efinancialnews)
  • The SEC is investigating private equity real estate hiring practices (bloomberg)


  • CalPERS is going to reduce its return assumptions after good years (pionline)
  • Tiny Bowdoin College is outperforming the Ivies (pionline)


  • What’s the right allocation to alternatives? (attaincapital)
  • A closer look at the sovereign bond value premium (mebfaber)
  • Would you be better off with an equal weight allocation strategy? (cfainstitute)
  • An overview of Grinold’s Fundamental Law of Active Management (gestaltu)


  • Where do emerging market investors put their money? (ssrn)
  • Insights into the sources of CTA and commodity index returns (ssrn)

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