It all depends on your investment time horizon . . .
Statistically, hedge fund activism was off the charts in 2013. It was the top-performing hedge fund strategy by far and its practitioners won more proxy contests, attracted more capital and targeted bigger fish than ever before.
Billionaire hedge funders play poker over an activist target
At an investor conference last December, hedge fund activist Bill Ackman spent 3½ hours explaining why Herbalife, the 33-year-old direct marketer of nutritional supplements, was nothing more than a Ponzi scheme whose stock was worthless.
Should the current reporting window for 5% equity stakes be closed?
Whenever a hedge fund activist like Bill Ackman, David Einhorn or Dan Loeb picks a company to attack, he quietly amasses 5% of the target’s stock and isn’t required to notify management or the marketplace of his substantial stake or mutinous intentions for 10 days.