About Us

About Us

Institutional Investor's Alpha, a thought leader for the hedge fund industry, delivers the most insightful, entertaining and authoritative published content online about the fast-paced and rapidly evolving world of hedge funds.

Institutional Investor's Alpha is a must-read for anyone hoping to keep ahead of the curve, bringing transparency and accountability to a secretive industry that is playing a growing role in the financial markets. Institutional Investor's Alpha concentrates on the global hedge fund industry, including coverage not only of the hedge fund firms and managers themselves, but also of the investors who back them and the prime brokers, administrators, auditors and law firms that service them.

Our coverage includes profiles of iconic hedge fund managers, interviews with institutional investors and the influential consultants who shape their decisions, in-depth analysis of trends shaping the industry, a daily hedge fund blog covering the latest hedge fund news, and benchmark rankings and surveys
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Research & Rankings

Throughout the year, Institutional Investor's Alpha delivers a suite of proprietary research and rankings that serve as respected industry benchmarks. This includes the Rich List, our widely followed annual ranking of the top-earning hedge fund managers, as well as the Hedge Fund 100 ranking of the world's 100 biggest hedge fund firms, top sell-side analysts as chosen by hedge fund managers, hedge fund employee compensation, and more.

Our rankings include:


  • The Rich List
  • Hedge Fund Compensation Report
  • Hedge Fund Report Card
  • Best Analysts (U.S., Europe, Asia)
  • The Hedge Fund 100
  • Europe Hedge Fund 50
  • Asia Hedge Fund 25
  • Fund of Funds 50
  • Hedge Fund Service Providers


The Editorial Team

General editorial enquiries can be sent to acantrell@institutionalinvestor.com . Alternatively you can contact a member of the team individually. Institutional Investor's Alpha's does accept outside editorial submissions for its Unhedged Commentary columns. Please contact us with your idea before submitting a draft.


Michael Peltz
- Editor, Institutional Investor's Alpha

Michael Peltz is editor of Institutional Investor's magazine group, overseeing all editorial operations, including Institutional Investor's Alpha and Institutional Investor and their web sites. He has covered hedge funds for nearly 20 years, starting with a March 1994 Institutional Investor profile of D.E. Shaw. His 2010 opus on high frequency trading, which appeared just weeks after the flash crash, won the prestigious Stephen Barr Award for feature writing by the American Society of Business Press Editors. He has appeared numerous times on television and radio, including BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC and the Today Show.


Amanda Cantrell
- Managing Editor, Institutional Investor's Alpha

Amanda Cantrell is the managing editor of Institutional Investor's Alpha. She has covered hedge funds for more than a decade, profiling top hedge fund firms including Magnetar Capital, Och-Ziff Capital Management, Lone Pine Capital and Paulson & Co. and chronicling the industry's explosive growth from a cottage industry to one of the most widely followed segments of the capital markets. She has appeared as a commentator on hedge funds on CNBC's Squawk Box, the Today Show and ABC World News This Morning and has also contributed freelance articles to a variety of publications including The New York Times, Cosmopolitan and Pop Culture Press. She holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University, where she has also worked as an adjunct professor of journalism.


Jan Alexander
- Senior Writer, Institutional Investor's Alpha

Jan Alexander was previously a features editor at Worth Magazine, where she oversaw coverage of hedge funds, global markets, corporate board governance, and philanthropy. She has also written for Institutional Investor, Forbes Woman, CBS BNET, Newsweek International, The Wall Street Journal and Money. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree in International Affairs with a concentration on Asian studies from Columbia University, and has been an adjunct professor of Chinese studies at Brooklyn College in addition to publishing a novel about business intrigue in China. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Financial Writers Association.


Contributors:


Ben Baris

Ben Baris writes and edits content for print and web for Institutional Investor and Institutional Investor's Alpha. He helps manage the editorial team and the production of both websites. He graduated from Emory University in 2011 with a degree in economics. Prior to joining II, he worked in investor relations and wealth management. He currently lives in Manhattan.


Stephen Taub

Stephen Taub has been a business journalist for more than 35 years, with 25 years of experience covering hedge funds. In addition to writing the daily Long & Short hedge fund blog for Institutional Investor's Alpha, he creates the publication's annual Rich List of the 25 top-earning hedge fund managers. Taub has interviewed and profiled many of the industry's top managers, including Julian Robertson Jr., Seth Klarman, David Tepper, Paul Tudor Jones II, Bruce Kovner, Izzy Englander, Glenn Dubin, Henry Swieca, Marc Lasry and Bill Ackman. A fulltime freelancer, Steve was previously the V.P. of content for cfo.com, editor of individualinvestor.com and editor-in-chief of Financial World magazine, where he spent 17 years serving in a variety of roles.


Irwin Speizer

Irwin Speizer has more than two decades of experience as a writer and editor in business and finance for magazines, newspapers and web sites. He has been a contributing writer to Alpha, Workforce Management and Business North Carolina magazines. He has also been published in Institutional Investor, Fast Company, Worthwhile, On Wall Street and other magazines. In the newspaper field, he covered banking and general business for the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina; served as business editor of the Fresno Bee in Fresno, California; and covered Congress and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.


Pete Gallo

Portfolio Watch author Pete Gallo has covered alternative investments and market news for some 15 years. His columns, commentaries and feature articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers and trade publications on both sides of the Atlantic. His journalism career started at United Press International's New York City Bureau, where he served as a print reporter and broadcast newswriter. In addition to journalism, Gallo has a background in structural and economic anthropology that helps inform his market views and analysis.


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