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OPINION

Opinion: Past, Present and Future of Alternative Funds Market
By Brian Macallister, Ledgex Systems
02/28/2014 6:04:50 PM ET

It's been less than 50 years since the fund of funds model came on the investment scene, and that short history has been anything but dull. Born in the 1970s, American fund of funds took off in the '80s and '90s, and then hit a major stumbling block in 2008, when the widespread financial crisis unearthed deep challenges around liquidity.
Opinion: Managers improve, but scale kills
By James Saft, Reuters
02/26/2014 5:39:21 PM ET

Fund managers are getting better, but active fund management is getting worse. Yes, I realize that is a bit like saying improved medical care is causing us to lose more patients, but this is indeed the upshot of new research and it should put investors in a quandary.
Opinion: The 'smart beta' oxymoron
By James Saft, Reuters
12/20/2013 10:49:33 AM ET

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. As is so often true in investments, in the case of "smart beta" it turns out that if it sounds like an oxymoron, it probably is.
Opinion: How liquid should a corporate bond be?
By Christopher Whittall, IFR
12/13/2013 11:38:15 AM ET

Christopher Whittall is an assistant editor for Thomson Reuters IFR. The opinions expressed are his own. The buy-side is adapting to a less liquid bond market, undermining dealers' warnings.
Opinion: Commodity markets will go dark if U.S. shutdown continues
By John Kemp, Reuters
10/02/2013 10:50:29 AM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. If the U.S. government shutdown continues for more than a few days, commodity markets will find themselves flying blind, as the public servants responsible for producing statistics on which traders and investors rely are sent home.
Opinion: Industry report on banks, commodities fails to convince
By John Kemp, Reuters
09/20/2013 12:35:59 PM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. If the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association hoped to convince U.
Opinion: Could Oil Prices Fall on Syria Strike?
By John Kemp, Reuters
08/29/2013 11:35:05 AM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. The rapid rise in oil prices since the beginning of June has all hallmarks of a mini bubble, drawing in a host of hedge funds and money managers, nearly all of whom are positioned the same way, expecting prices will rise further.
Opinion: In Praise of Activist Investment
By James Saft, Reuters
08/15/2013 11:18:42 AM ET

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. Here is a sentence I never thought I'd write: Hedge funds, activists to be specific, are a very good thing.
Opinion: U.S. Cracks Apart London's Commodity Market Omerta
By John Kemp, Reuters
08/08/2013 12:11:27 PM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" might well have been the motto for Britain's commodity market regulators in recent years.
Opinion: Crackdown on Bank Misbehavior Masks Troubling Reality
By Bethany McLean, Reuters
08/08/2013 11:56:52 AM ET

Bethany McLean is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are her own. "Ex Goldman Trader Found Guilty for Misleading Investors." "Bond Deal Draws Fine for UBS.
Opinion: The Folly of Trying to Level the Investment Playing Field
By Bethany McLean, Reuters
07/26/2013 11:20:55 AM ET

Bethany McLean is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are her own. The government is cracking down on insider trading; isn't that great news for you? Last Friday [July 19], the Securities and Exchange Commission charged hedge fund mogul Steve Cohen with failing to supervise two employees who themselves face insider trading charges; on Thursday [July 25] morning the Justice Department filed criminal charges against his firm, SAC Capital.
Opinion: Stormy Markets, Smooth Seas
By Zachary Karabell, Reuters
06/28/2013 1:03:04 PM ET

Zachary Karabell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. You could be forgiven for missing the latest installment of market panic over the past ten days.
Opinion: Attracting Assets by Demonstrating Differentiated Investments Leadership
By Bruce Frumerman, Frumerman & Nemeth Inc.
06/24/2013 12:25:34 PM ET

When the investment management consulting firm Casey, Quirk & Associates released its report "Competing for the 21st Century Investor" earlier in the year, along with reporting on challenges asset management firms face today it outlined key factors required for success in growing AUM. Delivering investments leadership in a "difficult to differentiate" environment is one of the success factors Casey Quirk believes will correlate strongly with higher growth and/or profitability.
Opinion: The Rise of The Winner-Take-All Economy
By Chrystia Freeland, Reuters
06/20/2013 3:24:56 PM ET

Chrystia Freeland is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. The rich are getting richer. That's the conclusion of the World Wealth Report, the landmark annual study of the world's millionaires, which was released this week by RBC Wealth Management and Capgemini Financial Services.
Opinion: Market Turmoil Could Re-Ignite Euro Zone Risk
By James Saft, Reuters
06/14/2013 2:06:53 PM ET

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. Right about now might be a good time to start worrying again about European peripheral debt.
Opinion: Halfway to an Emerging Bear Market
By Reuters
06/11/2013 4:42:09 PM ET

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. Already halfway to a bear market, emerging market stocks face slumping commodities prices and what looks very much like a global trade slowdown.
Opinion: Matriarchy, Patriarchy And the Masters of the Universe
By Chrystia Freeland, Reuters
05/30/2013 3:38:39 PM ET

Chrystia Freeland is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. The past week has underscored one more way in which the lives of the super-rich are diverging from the lives of everyone else: The middle class is becoming a matriarchy, while the plutocracy remains firmly patriarchal.
Opinion: The Many Interpretations of Ben Bernanke
By Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters
05/23/2013 1:08:22 PM ET

Anatole Kaletsky is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. On Wednesday [May 22] in Washington, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke presented congressional testimony that repeated, virtually word for word, statements about U.
Opinion: Japan Rates May Torpedo Recovery
By James Saft, Reuters
05/22/2013 4:30:11 PM ET

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. Spiking interest rates in Japan threaten to undermine, and possibly end, the recovery being engendered by Abenomics.
Opinion: How to Manipulate Oil Price Assessments
By Robert Campbell, Reuters
05/15/2013 2:12:43 PM ET

Robert Campbell is Reuters' energy markets columnist. The views expressed are his own. The vulnerability of physical crude price assessments to manipulation is an open secret within the oil industry.






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