How Hedge Funds Outperform

Even hedge funds cannot time the market, points out a recent study. They do plain old stock-picking in a better way

It is well-known that hedge funds (meant for institutional investors) beat mutual funds (meant for retail investors) over most periods. How do they do it? Public image and knowledge of hedge funds is hazy. Often, media reports blame the hedge funds for extreme market volatility....

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Small Is Not Beautiful

The empirical evidence that small-cap stocks do better than large-cap stocks is thin

Do smaller stocks do better than large-caps? Belief is widespread that they do. Mutual funds are bringing a plethora of schemes to buy mid-cap and small-cap stocks. DSP Merrill Lynch is even launching a scheme to invest in micro-caps. But James Montier, Global Equity Strategist of Dresdner Kleinwort has done...

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A Parallel Market

Private equity has become a massive business. How does it work?

How do you invest in companies? You buy shares from the stock market. The big boys do it differently. They buy whole companies with a pool of money, improve the performance of these companies and then get them listed in the stock market. This kind of direct investment is called private equity investment as opposed to passive...

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