America’s midstream energy infrastructure, the pipelines that move U.S. energy supplies to market is crucial as we strive for American Energy Independence.

Optimizing Shareholder Value – A Lesson from Devon Energy’s Management

In November of last year, Devon (symbol: DVN) completed its $3.5B share repurchase program announced in May of 2010.  Under this program the company repurchased 49.2MM shares, for an average price of $71/share, reducing the share count by 10%!  During the same period, management sold non-core acreage raising the cash to fund the repurchases, pay […]

The A-Z of Smart Beta

In recent years as hedge fund performance has become ever less appealing, the industry has responded in part by changing the way it describes itself (much cheaper than cutting fees or delivering better results). So when Absolute Return outlived its utility, since many funds were unable to deliver positive returns in excess of treasury bills no […]

AIMA Weakly Defends the Indefensible

Alistair Blair of Investors Chronicle provides an additional perspective on my book, The Hedge Fund Mirage, in an article out today. Mr. Blair has gone to the trouble of asking The Alternative Investment Management Association  for a response. One of their Core Objectives is, “To provide an interactive and professional forum for our membership and act […]

How Shale Gas Is Leading To Energy Independence

Two articles concerning shale gas have caught my attention this morning. “The Death of Coal” reflects the view of some that under current EPA policies coal will continue to lose ground to natural gas as the fuel of choice for electricity generation. Cheap and relatively clean natural gas is eating into the demand for coal […]