The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday charged billionaire investor Leon Cooperman with insider trading, making him the highest-profile target in years in Washington's ongoing crackdown on illegal trading at hedge funds.
Where do you find a decent investment return these days? While stocks are back near all-time highs, they are up just 1% during the last 12 months, while the average corporate bond yields about 1.75% a year. Are the days of double digit returns gone forever?
The top 100 hedge funds averaged a return north of 10.5% in 2015, and the three-year average is a tad below 17%. Meanwhile, there are a lot of equity-long-short funds, indicating that good stock pickers are still around.
In a piece subtly titled “Institutional Investors are Delusional,” Meb Faber points out that the mean expectations in a poll of investors on net returns is 13%. That would require a gross return of 20%. Just 1% of more than 400 respondents (so just four people) are rational.
"It was theft and you knew it. It was fraud and you knew it, And you know what else? We know that you knew it. I don't know if justice is coming for you in this life or the next but if it does come in this life? Her name will be Elizabeth Warren."