Absolute Return staff picks its favorite 10 stories of 2013

By Josh Friedlander

Wed Dec 18, 2013

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Prison planning, flack finding, and credit crunching were just some of the topics explored this year.


Tiger short star Goshen crushed in rising market
Chris Burn's persistently gloomy view of the global economy extracted a heavy toll.

Sudden losses show MBS no longer a free ride
Some of the hedge fund industry's most lauded recent success stories met with starkly different results earlier this year.

Sard Verbinnen tops PR Ranking as more hedge funds hire agencies 
The JOBS Act has not (or not yet) radically altered fundraising methods, as many had predicted, but an increasing number of the largest hedge funds are employing external communications agencies, this exclusive research shows.

Absent mega launches, new funds fall short in first half
Just six months after the best year of fundraising since before the financial crisis, the new launch environment in the Americas chilled.

Ten Years of Absolute Return (2003-2013)
In celebrating our anniversary, Absolute Return considered major changes to the leadership of the industry, including a look back on the 10 biggest firms in 2003 and how today's 10 largest firms climbed to the top.

Helping hedge funders cope with prison 
A Q&A with the director of Greenwich-based Progressive Prison Project; "a rich beautiful experience in a very stark and barren place."

The pastoral, the avalanche, and the earthquake
Written for Absolute Return by Whitebox's Andrew Redleaf, this pithy analysis remains a vital guide for conceptualizing the risks associated with the failure of bonds to fulfill their central function: stability.

2013 Investor Outlook
Hedge fund picks from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Creek, PineBridge, SkyBridge, Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan and others.

Billion Dollar Club: Adage, AQR, J.P. Morgan excel at asset arms race 
The largest group of firms in the history of the survey, and they are close to overcoming the industry's peak assets.

And for fun:

You'll never get married working for a hedge fund
Hedge funders on the search for alpha may be ignoring eros.

See also: Our favorite 10 stories of 2012