Hedge Funds: Courtesans of Capitalism

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Like the courtesans of a bygone age, hedge funds cater to the wealthy and project an aura of mystery and excitement. But as the Long Term Capital Management debacle showed, their activities affect us all.
Far from neutralising risk, as their name might suggest, some are simply vehicles for large-scale speculation - raiding currencies, disrupting bond markets, and embarrassing governments.
This book looks in detail at the secret world of hedge ...

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Overview

Like the courtesans of a bygone age, hedge funds cater to the wealthy and project an aura of mystery and excitement. But as the Long Term Capital Management debacle showed, their activities affect us all.
Far from neutralising risk, as their name might suggest, some are simply vehicles for large-scale speculation - raiding currencies, disrupting bond markets, and embarrassing governments.
This book looks in detail at the secret world of hedge funds, how they work, the larger than life characters who run them, their private passions and the risks they run.

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Reveals secrets behind the use of hedge funds and their disruptive influence on the global financial markets. Focus is on banks' use of hedge funds, with material on the character of hedge fund managers, how hedge funds work, and the different forms hedge funds take. Discussion encompasses arbitrage and techniques practiced by arbitrage specialists, and containment of the less desirable effects of hedge funds through risk management, disclosure, and regulation. The book's controversial conclusion is that banks' exposure to hedge funds and their sometimes inept proprietary trading needs to be regulated more closely. Temple worked as an investment analyst in fund management and broking for 18 years. He now writes on financial topics for a private investor readership. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471899730
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER TEMPLE worked as an investment analyst in fund management and broking for 18 years, before turning full time to writing in 1988.
He writes widely on financial topics, mainly for a private investor readership. His articles are published in the Financial Times, the Investors Chronicle, Shares magazine, International Fund Investment, and a variety of other publications and websites.
His previous books cover topics like online investing, investing for beginners, venture capital, and trading options.
Peter and Lynn Temple live in the London suburbs in Woodford Green, but travel widely. They have two grown-up children, both professional musicians.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Courtesans of Capitalism.

Masters of the Universe.

Speculators and Hedgers.

Rogues, Philosophers and Philanthropists.

The Archimedes of Greenwich.

Toxic Waste and Vultures.

Highwaymen of the Global Economy.

The Hedge Fund in Your Bank.

Finance's Four-Letter Word.

Dance of the Seven Veils.

Attaining Respectability.

Taming Archimedes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2002

    Great beginner guide, but not for beginners

    Excellent source of material to acquaint investors with the world of alternative investments. In depth coverage of strategies and the players in the hedge fund marketplace. If you are truly a neophyte, meaning you don't know the difference between a forward contract and a futures contract, or the difference between a call and a put, you will get more out of this book if you brush up on the basics first. All in all, an enjoyable read.

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