Top 10 hedge fund stories of 2010

By Lawrence Delevingne

Tue Dec 21, 2010

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Managers made plenty of news, but often for the wrong reasons.


Harbinger's Phil Falcone

Hedge funds continued to capture the public imagination in 2010, although often not in ways money managers hoped. The industry appeared in the press most when it confirmed a sinister—and perhaps unfair—view of insiders making insiders more money: hedge funds dodged higher taxes (carried interest), won profits on illegal information (insider trading) and made money from products designed to fail (those junky collateralized debt obligations).

The year also highlighted one of the toughest questions in the industry: what to do when a firm's legendary founder wants to quit the business. When Duquesne founder Stanley Druckenmiller retired, he closed the doors on one of the best-performing and longest-running hedge funds in the industry. But 2010 also introduced such potential stars as Todd Combs, Berkshire Hathaway’s new money manager, and $5 billion Duquesne spin-off Point State Capital.

See all of AR’s Top 10 Hedge Fund Stories of 2010 >>

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H