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Risk. Not for us, say some investors

NEW YORK/HONG KONG With the financial crisis seemingly safely in the past, investors around the world are ready to put new capital to work but these moneybags are treading with greater caution after taking it on the chin previously.


Pine River housing bets started in cabin

NEW YORK Housing has long featured prominently in Brian Taylor's career -- his hedge fund that now bets big on residential mortgage backed securities got its start in a home -- of sorts.

Asia private equity fundraising bounces back

HONG KONG/NEW YORK After a dismal 2009, private equity fundraising appears to be showing signs of life In Asia, as investors bet on the region's growth despite a lack of deal flow.

Alternative funds adapt as fee pressure weighs

LONDON Private equity and hedge fund firms are battling to offer more flexible fee structures as they come under pressure from clients after many funds lost money in the credit crisis.


Bank rules stalemate spooks private funds

NEW YORK Private equity and hedge funds say they welcome more oversight of their secretive industry and are pushing the U.S. Congress to pass meaningful financial reforms.

Funds make slow return to leverage

LONDON Hedge and private equity funds say they are slowly increasing their use of leverage, after cutting it to almost zero during the credit crisis when banks slashed lending to rein in credit risk.

Debt mountain still looms for LBO debt

LONDON/NEW YORK Private equity firms face a mountain of debt to refinance from deals done as the industry boomed and the threat of rising interest rates will only exacerbate their problems, industry experts warn.

Pine Brook sees bank deal opportunity

NEW YORK Private equity firm Pine Brook Road Partners sees opportunities to buy a stake in one or more banks as a platform to acquire additional lenders, potentially through assisted deals from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.


Chanos says "wrong" on health care short

NEW YORK Famed short-seller James Chanos said his decision to short health care companies last year proved to be the wrong move, as federal spending on health care seems about to rise rather than fall.

Hedge fund launches on rise: Morgan

NEW YORK Managers are launching more hedge funds this year than last year as pension funds are poised to put fresh money into these portfolios and many people are eager to start their own businesses, top industry executives said on Wednesday.

Private equity firms boost focus on operations

NEW YORK Private equity firms are hunkering down and focusing on operations at their portfolio companies to get through a longer investment holding period than they are used to, the chief executive of turnaround firm AlixPartners said on Wednesday.


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