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NEW YORK (
Raj Rajaratnam's trial
is set to begin today. He made $200 million in 2007, barely missing the list of "highest paid hedge fund managers."
Don't feel sorry for him though. He made
in 2000. Art Samberg topped the Wall Street's Highest Earners list with $150 Million. Art Samberg is another hedge fund manager who has been charged with insider trading. He was lucky though,
and Samberg agreed to settle the SEC's charges without admitting or denying anything.
Hedge fund managers are the smartest investors around. They leave less to chance than most investors. They go great lengths to get an "edge" over ordinary investors.
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data, follows corporate insiders because they have access to material, nonpublic information and they sometimes trade based on it. We also follow hedge fund managers because they have the resources to do extensive research on public companies and they have access to experts who can guide them. We believe we are more likely to beat the market by imitating insiders and hedge funds than trading against them.
Based on the transactions of nearly 700 hedge funds, we compiled the list of top 10 stocks hedge funds were buying like crazy during the fourth quarter:
(GM - Get Report)
: Hedge funds snatched 6% of GM's outstanding shares and amassed a $3.4 billion position. There were 112 hedge funds with GM positions at the end of December.
are among the several high profile hedge funds with GM positions.
(C - Get Report)
: Citigroup is hedge funds' most favorite mega-cap bank. Hedge funds, 190 of them, own 8% of outstanding Citigroup shares. During the fourth quarter, they spent $2.8 billion on Citigroup shares. Steven Mandel's
, Bruce Berkowitz's
, Lee Ainslie's
, George Soros, Bill Miller's
Legg Mason Capital Management
, Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, David Tepper's Appaloosa, Daniel Loeb's
, Andreas Halvorsen's
, Richard Perry's Perry Capital, Joseph DiMenna's
, Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors, Brevan Howard, and John Paulson's
Paulson & Co
are among the prominent investors who are bullish about Citigroup.