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Month: November, 2007

OZM Och-Ziff Capital Management Down First Two Days Of Trading

15 November, 2007 (10:58) | Global Macro, Hedge Funds, Macro Trading, Stock Market | By: admin

The title says it all. We are half way through the second day of trading for OZM the IPO of Och-Ziff Capital Management. Och-Ziff is a large hedge fund company that decided to cash out to the public. Following FIG and BX OZM has sold off as well and is currently below its offering price. Only time will tell how hedge funds work out as a stock market investment but for now they have been bad.

Our guess is just like any industry the good ones will thrive over time and bad ones will not but the timing on going public couldn’t have been much worse. Everything has gone down lately so going public in the middle of all the turmoil didn’t help it out much. Several other fund companies have indicated interest in going public so only time will tell. One interesting thing is that we have not heard about any of the “legendary managers” wanting to go public. Bruce Kovner, Paul Tudor Jones, Stanley Druckenmiller, George Soros, and Nick Roditi. No doubt the thought has crossed their mind but we haven’t seen anything in the press showing interest.

-Trade Macro-

Goldman Sachs Raises $4.5 Billion For Two New Hedge Funds

15 November, 2007 (10:45) | Economy, Global Macro, Hedge Funds, Macro Trading | By: admin

The title says a lot. Goldman just raised $4.5 billion for two new hedge funds. Guess what the funds strategy is? Credit and Distressed Debt. What does this tell us? To me it means that Goldman sees how bad the credit markets really are and see a way to profit from it. So if you have been following the current mess (and honestly if you are reading this then you are) this is a good indication that it is far from over.

In other Goldie Hedge Fund news they are still down in their two biggest funds Global Alpha a quant fund and Global Equity Opportunies a equity macro type fund.

-Trade Macro-

Morgan Stanley Buys >20% of Barton Biggs Traxis Partners

14 November, 2007 (15:41) | Diversification, Economy, Global Macro, Hedge Funds, Macro Trading | By: admin

Morgan Stanley has purchased a less than 20% stake in Traxis Partners. The Macro hedge fund started by Barton Biggs. This follows Morgan Stanley purchases of Avenue Capital, Front Point Partners, and Lansdowne partners in the past year. They are trying to buy their way into the hedge fund space and so far it is working all right.

This purchase was near and dear to Morgan because Biggs used to be the chief market strategist at Morgan before claiming that Hedge Funds were in a bubble and then leaving to start one. Traxis has about $1.5 billion under management and has done decent since inception. A few years ago Barton Biggs also wrote the book Hedge Hogging.

-Trade Macro-

Iluka Up 10% On Ospraie Purchase

14 November, 2007 (15:33) | Diversification, Economy, Global Macro, Hedge Funds, Macro Trading | By: admin

Ospraie Management the macro fund ran by Tiger Alumni Dwight Anderson purchased 12% of the Australian mineral sands miner Iluka. Wednesday on news of the purchase the stock was up 10% in the Australian market.

Ospraie Management is one of the premier Macro Commodity funds out there. They invest in many things but focus primarily on hard assets and companies that deal in hard assets such as metals, oil, etc. They have reportedly returned about 22% anually since inception with this year being one of their few underpreforming years.

-Trade Macro-

Pension Plans Intend On Investing More In Emerging Markets

13 November, 2007 (22:56) | Diversification, Global Macro, Stock Market | By: admin

GlobalPensions.com says that many pension plans are planning on raising their allocations to Emerging Markets. Most of the reasoning given is that they have been pleased that the current credit crunch in the United States has not had a very strong effect on the emerging markets.

We think that they are mostly right. Being globally diversified is typically a good thing but their reasoning is a bit weak. In a short country specific credit crunch global diversity is a great thing but don’t fool yourselves. If the current crunch (todays market rally notwithstanding) is prolonged it will effect global markets as well. Especially the rapidly growing emerging markets companies that need financing to continue their growth.

Long-global diversification
Short-weak reasoning

-Trade Macro-

Changing Direction…..A Bit

12 November, 2007 (21:57) | Macro Trading, Uncategorized | By: admin

Hello,

As anyone who has been here is a while has noticed we have not been posting much at all.  We are changing directions with TradeMacro.com.  Going forward this site will be dedicated to educating and informing people about Global Macro Trading.  We will post newsworthy items and educational articles so that you can better understand what Macro Trading is, the benefits, the drawbacks, the risks, and the rewards of Global Macro.

Thanks For Visiting,

TradeMacro