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Hedge Funds Dollar Value

Posted: 01 May 2011 11:37 PM PDT

Hedge Funds Dollar Value

Hedge Funds Up Bets Against Dollar Upon Bernanke Talk

Hedge funds increased bets against the dollar's value last week. Hedge funds upped their bets that the dollar would decline to $28.6 billion as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave his first press conference.
The sum held in short positions against the world's reserve currency on April 26 is the highest in more than month and $3bn more than the previous week.

The figures, released over the weekend by the Commodity Futures Trading Company (CFTC), indicate that hedge funds have made hundreds of millions of dollars from the recent collapse in the value of the greenback.

The dollar hit a three-year low against a basket of currencies on Friday, and has fallen for the last five months straight. It fell 3.8pc against the basket in April, and is down 7.5pc down so far this year. Source

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Warren Buffett Hedge Funds

Posted: 02 May 2011 12:29 AM PDT

Warren Buffett Hedge Funds

Warren Buffett's Bet Over Funds of Hedge Funds

Warren Buffett has long been a critic of hedge funds, especially funds of hedge funds with their extra layer of fees. A while ago, a New York money management firm, Protege Partners, made a bet with Buffett that the cumulate returns of five fund of funds would beat the S&P 500 index, even after fees.
At the Berkshire Hathaway annual investor meeting today, Warren Buffett updated a wager he made several years ago with a hedge fund, among the Oracle of Omaha's least favorite animals in the financial zoo. The hedge fund managers are leading the wager, but the gap is narrowing significantly.

Tired of hedgie bashing from Buffett, a New York money-management firm called Protégé Partners bet Buffett that in 10 years, the cumulate returns of five "funds of funds" picked by Protégé, even after including fees, would outperform the S&P 500 index.

Buffett long has complained about the fees charged by hedge fund managers, and in 2006 he lobbed the bet. Protégé Partners took the challenge. At stake is $1 million, to go to the charity designated by the winner — Girls Inc. for Buffett and Absolute Return for Kids for the hedge fund firm.  Source

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