Weekend Reads: Cutting Fees, Basic Income, 3% Yield

North American energy producers survived the recent oil bust in large part by selling more than $60 billion of new stock. Now they’re beginning to buy it back.

Oil Producers Buying Back Shares After Years of Selling New Stock – (Wall Street Journal)


9.8bn of cash was ploughed into hedge funds last year after $70bn withdrawn in 2016

Hedge funds forced to cut fees to lure investors – (FT)


Adding to debate over universal basic income proposals, new study says Alaska payments didn’t affect employment

Giving Alaskans Free Money Didn’t Stop Them From Working – (Wall Street Journal)


The $51bn Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System is looking for a hedge fund consultant to help with the expansion of its “diversifying strategies” portfolio.

Illinois Teachers’ plans to expand ‘diversifying strategies’ portfolio – (CTA Intelligence)


Long-term U.S. bond yields have crept within reach of 3% for the first time in years, a sign that robust global economic data are overcoming longstanding investor fears about the staying power of the postcrisis recovery.

Is a 3% Treasury Yield Good News or Bad? For Now, Investors Say Good – (Wall Street Journal)


Those queries have ranged from the saucy and half-baked to the downright cheesy. But here we’ve rolled out some of the best along with hot, crisp answers delivered in short order.

Get A Piece Of This: 9 Chicago Pizza Mysteries Solved – (WBEZ)


The S&P 500 went 94 days without closing up or down 1%, but in the last 17 days, it has done this 10 times.

Changes – (The Irrelevant Investor)


But patchy rules on the practice known as “short-selling” mean it is difficult to tell if Bridgewater’s positions are a bet against Europe specifically, or broader scepticism on global equities.

Bridgewater’s bet against Europe shines light on patchy short-selling rules – (Reuters)


Today we’re excited to introduce our newest PassivePlus strategy, Risk Parity. By balancing your risk more intelligently, this strategy aims to deliver you higher risk-adjusted returns in a wide range of market environments.

Investing Just Got Better with Wealthfront – (Wealthfront)


This snapshot shows just how many customers and firms were caught by the massive market correction and volatility that day. While post-market analysis is always helpful for firms, it is difficult for any firm, large or small, to handle markets that sometimes move as quickly as the one on February 5.

FCMs Big And Small Suffer Major Losses On Latest Black Monday – (Jim Kharouf)


Between 2015 and 2017, the CFTC found that up to 80% of all trades in the futures markets are done by automated trading.

CTAs: Are You Getting Beat at Execution – (RCM’s Attain Alternatives Blog)

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