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Broadly speaking, activist hedge funds have been quite popular with investors of late; with total assets in the space rising from $36 to $112 billion over the last 5 years according to HFR.  Starboard Value is certainly not the largest activist fund out there, but CEO & CIO Jeff Smith has been making headlines recently amidst their increasingly high profile activist positions in companies like Darden Restaurants, AOL, and Yahoo.  Specific to Darden, Starboard recently waged a successful proxy battle to take over the board of directors and install Smith himself as chairman: all while owning less than 10% of the company.   For more on the specifics of their unprecedented success with Darden and much more, check out the Fortune article below.

Fortune – Starboard Value’s Jeff Smith: The investor CEOs fear most

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  Broadly speaking, activist hedge funds have been quite popular with investors of late; with total assets in the space rising from $36 to $112 billion over the last 5 years according to HFR.  Starboard Value is certainly not the Read More…

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In his latest contribution to Forbes, Maury Fertig of Relative Value Partners describes the opportunity set in the fixed income closed end fund space.  In addition, he highlights three of RVP’s favorite funds (PPT, MGF, and BTZ) which are significant Read More…

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  Maury Fertig & Bob Huffman, the founders of Relative Value Partners, were recently interviewed by FINalternatives’ Mary Campbell.  The Q&A session (see link below) has some valuable insights into their strategy, research process, and the structure of the closed-end Read More…

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  The Economist does a nice job providing context for Argentina’s default yesterday. Argentina has and is likely to continue to be a ripe area of opportunity for Hillview’s managers in the Emerging Market Credit space. Eric Fine, manager of Read More…