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Game Over RAB Capital: London's Once Star Fund Delists Following Terminal Deluge In Redemption Requests

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RAB Capital, once the poster child of the London credit bubble, whose assets peaked at $7 billion in 2007, has seen its shares tumble over 30% in afternoon trading, following an announcement that the firm will delist after a terminal surge in redemption requests. From the FT: "RAB, which at the beginning of the year oversaw assets of just over $1bn – a far cry from its peak of $7bn in 2007 – has seen its remaining assets evaporate in recent weeks. Investors pulled $370m from RAB’s flagship $470m Special Situations fund last month when a three-year moratorium on withdrawals finally expired....Since then, clients – fearful of the RAB’s viability – have abandoned the company’s other strategies. The firm’s $120m Cross Europe fund has been swamped by redemption requests, say people familiar with the company. In addition, one of RAB’s remaining star money managers, Gavin Wilson, is to retire from the firm. Mr Wilson’s $250m Energy fund has been one of RAB’s best performing offerings of late." Well, if other, much better managed hedge funds are any indication, Mr. Wilson's Energy Fund likely got annihilated last week, putting the final nail in the 4 year public stint of this vehicle to bring leverage to leverage.

Among the other information disclosed by RAB is that the path for return to profit is impaired, and that following further deteriorations in trading, the company is reviewing all options.

The fund returned 46 per cent last year and 86 per cent in 2009. Mr Wilson’s retirement is likely to lead to significant redemptions, in spite of his co-manager, Mark Redway, remaining at the helm.

Mr Wilson was also in charge of the RAB Octane fund.

In a trading update on Wednesday, RAB said: “The board intends to review the options for the company, including the appropriateness of maintaining an Aim listing, and the possible use of the company’s surplus capital to provide some liquidity to shareholders.”

And so one more "hedge" fund proves that there is no such actual thing, but merely the aftereffects of riding on the coattails of one good trade, made at the right time and the right place. Everything else is a six sided die.

 

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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:10 | 1262266 I am a Man I am...
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another reason everyone should learn to manage their own money

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:30 | 1262329 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, and understand what real value is as well as what real money is.  Unfortunately, if humans want to really advance from a technological perspective, those engineers and scientists simply do not have time to manage their money.  At least mine don't.  They don't work fast enough as it is.  Hence, there had better be a system in place the prosecutes fraud at all level, otherwise, game over, period.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:09 | 1262269 writingsonthewall
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Weren't these the pricks who bought Northern Rock after it had a run thinking there was some 'hidden value'?

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_...

Classic contrarian mentality - "there's always a profit when there is blood on the floor" - except there wasn't.....and it all ended up in court and huge losses.

Add into the mix some speculative oil and gas holdings and hey presto - you have a 'gamblers fund' - which of course always ends up going bust (albeit quietly)

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:13 | 1262270 sabra1
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people. if we all could have "terminal redemptions" at those american bankster banks, we could be reading about it right here! lets roll!!!!!!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:11 | 1262275 squexx
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Jump, you JOO bastards!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:18 | 1262283 Internet Tough Guy
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Jump, Grand Cyclops.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:35 | 1262326 squexx
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Join me when I do, fag!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:14 | 1262276 Cassandra Syndrome
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Rollover bitchez

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:19 | 1262281 Coldfire
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<in the voice of "Nelson" from The Simpsons> Haa-ha!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:14 | 1262282 PaperBear
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32MN ounce handle in COMEX registered silver which is only $1.2BN.

When COMEX goes to ZERO oz will the board members decamp straight to jail rather than have the american taxpayer pay for their criminal trials.

No doubt should they ever see the inside a jail it will be a minimum security facility because the punishment never fits the crime.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:21 | 1262296 Cdad
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And so one more "hedge" fund proves that there is no such actual thing, but merely the aftereffects of riding on the coattails of one good trade, made at the right time and the right place.

Sounds like Cramer.  Made one good trade shorting the NASDAQ in 2001, and every day since considers himself a brilliant investor, one who consequently tells his dwindling audience never to short stocks.  Brilliant.

I think the criminal syndicate banking cartel is plagued with these phonies.  There are still thousands of "hedge" funds in operation that did not exist 10 years ago...and some of them with very dumb algos.  

Let the "hedge" fund purge continue!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:34 | 1262335 SheepDog-One
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Another bunch of triple inverse leverage vampire squids bites the dust!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 12:44 | 1263679 Hacksaw
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They're called charlatans:

–noun
a person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack. The financial services industry is full of them.
Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:25 | 1262304 Catullus
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Don't worry.  I'm sure the fund managers all got paid well before the investors did.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:36 | 1262346 squexx
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I'm sure most of the bastards that got paid best were wearing beanies, too!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:36 | 1262338 jkruffin
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I smell a huge dollar rally, the G-7 kind of rally to push USDJPY back to 85 again.  ALL aboard!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:46 | 1262371 SP666_IsComing
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All news everywhere now is completely worthless and irrelevant except for ONE!

 

Comet (falling angel) Elenin is coming Sept 27, 2011.  Comet Elenin will be the mightiest of all the angels (comets).  It will try to overpower God (the sun), fail, be banished, and literally fall to earth.  This comet is the origin of all the old myths about the mightiest angel who fell from grace, banished by god (the sun), and fell to earth … better known to everyone as Lucifer.

 

This comet’s vapor trail is saturated with dust and it will sweep and engulf the earth in October (the falling angel!).  The massive vapor and dust tail will create enormous rainclouds for DAYS all over the world!!  Water levels will rise EVERYWHERE!

 

A biblical flood is coming in October!  This is not a joke. This is not a test.

 

SP-666 will be taken out before October! 

 

Bankster criminals, murderers and thieves (and all their ilk) have kept this “little” event secret for centuries within their stupid childish secret society cults. For nothing but pure greed and hatred for the rest of humanity, sheeple and markets have been lied to and manipulated for millennium so those greedy little devils … “chosen people” can “inherit the earth” after this event.  They are stealing and raping everyone now to accumulate every last ounce of gold (money) before October.

 

Financial market schizophrenic meters are off the charts due to the planning for this event!

 

Wake up world. Protect yourselves. Take appropriate positions, profit from those evil worshippers, survive, and take back some of that stolen bankster booty!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:57 | 1262399 DogSlime
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This is sarcasm, right?  What kind of financial position would you advise in advance of an apocalyptic comet?  Umbrella futures?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 09:17 | 1262492 Ident 7777 economy
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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 09:53 | 1262671 FranSix
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RAB Special Situations was very into the TSX Venture Exchange stocks, holding large percentages of the float of select mining prospects.   The were very good at what they did.

 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 10:05 | 1262739 RobotTrader
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One by one, precious metals and energy funds are getting destroyed and run out of business by Uncle Gorilla.

Easiest way to control inflation.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 11:54 | 1263361 JW n FL
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dont fight the FED.. or the FED will KILL! YOU!!

 

and if you add in the comet coming in September with a vapor trail to follow in October? man.. we are screwed!

 

I hope you and yours are all fantastic Robo as always!

 

 

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