Hedge Fund Annus Horriblus
|July 5th, 2011||
|Contributed by: The Mad Hedge Fund Trader|
|Making the rounds in Europe, I managed to hook up with hedge fund friends in London, Milan, and Geneva, and what I saw was not a pretty picture. Most hedge funds are having a terrible year.|
According to HSBC’s private bank, of 300 hedge funds they track, only nine are up double digits, and most of those are narrowly mandated technology funds. Almost every fund lost money in June. And oh, how the mighty have fallen, with the biggest funds producing the soggiest performance.
Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates’ main fund is off by 3.88% this year, Paul Tudor Jones’ Tudor Investment Corporation is down by 2.25%, Louis Bacon’s Moore Capital Management took a 2.84% hickey, and Fortress Investment Group has dipped 2.44%. Emerging markets have done worse, with Brevan Howard Asset Management’s dedicated fund taking a 4.64% knock. John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. pursued a bullish strategy in the banks which I never understood and lost an eye popping 20%.
How about the Euro? Is the never ending sovereign debt crisis presenting great shorting opportunities? Not a chance. The European currency is up 7% this year. The only way to pay the bills with a move like that is to leverage up like crazy, something that risk managers are loathe to do.
How about commodities? Did Dr. Copper, the only metal with a PhD in economics, open its wallet for hedgies this year? Nope. The copper ETF (CU) is actually down 1%. Maybe it should go back to night school for another course in macroeconomics?
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