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Perry Capital Shutting Down His Iconic Flagship Fund

The writing was on the wall three weeks ago when we reported that iconic hedge fund Perry Capital had lost some 60% of his AUM as LPs were rushing to withdraw their money.  So it is probably not very surprising that having lost more than half his assets moments ago Bloomberg reported that Perry's flagship fund is shutting down: PERRY CAPITAL TO CLOSE FLAGSHIP FUND AFTER ALMOST THREE DECADES

Iconic Hedge Fund Perry Capital Loses 60% Of AUM As Investors Flee

The hedge fund run by Goldman alum Richard Perry, has lost more than half of its assets in less than a year after posting declines since 2014.Perry's assets slumped to $4 billion as of the end of August compared with $10 billion in September last year. The reason for the tremendous outflows is that Perry has posted losses of 18.4% from the beginning of 2014 through July of this year.

Frontrunning: September 7

  • Trump and Clinton look to pass U.S. commander-in-chief test (Reuters)
  • Undecided GOP-Leaning Voters Provide an Opening for Donald Trump (WSJ)
  • Stage set for iPhone 7, but many await 8 (Reuters)
  • Dollar Slides Versus Yen as Prospect of September Fed Hike Dims (BBG)
  • World stocks hit one-year highs as Fed hike prospects fade (Reuters)
  • Merkel strikes back, defends migrant policy after election rout (Reuters)

Chipotle Soars After Bill Ackman Reveals 9.9% Stake, Goes Activist

Many thought that having been squeezed between the terrible performance of his Valeant long and his Herbalife short, that Bill Ackman would quietly fade into the sunset. No such luck, and as he revealed moments ago in a 13D filing, the Pershing Square founder has just gone activist on Chipotle, revealing a 9.9% stake, announcing he is "intend to engage in discussions" with management and the board.

What Hedge Funds Bought And Sold In Q2: The Full 13-F Summary

Today is the deadline for hedge funds to submit their Q2 13-F filings. Among the more notable changes was the previously reported 55% increase in Warren Buffett's Apple shares, offset by the cut in his Wal-Mart stake; Elliott's addition to stakes in security firms Qualys, Fortinet, CyberArk; ValueAct's new stakes in Morgan Stanley, Seagate; Tiger's exit of Netflix; Jana addition of Time Inc, and Soros' cut of his gold miner positions.

Frontrunning: August 4

  • Bank of England cuts rates for first time since 2009, restarts bond purchases (Reuters)
  • Obama administration denies Iran cash payment was a ransom (Reuters)
  • Mike Pence Endorses Paul Ryan After Donald Trump’s Refusal (WSJ)
  • In slap at Trump, some wealthy Republicans campaign for Clinton (Reuters)
  • Clinton leads Trump by 17 points in NH (The Hill)

S&P Futures Flat As Europe, Asia Lifted By Banks, Yen; All Eyes On The Bank Of England

In a mostly quiet session, European and Asian stocks rose, pushed higher by financial stocks and the USDJPY which initially dipped on some hawkish comments by BOJ deputy governor Iwata, only to rebound later in the session, lifting the Nikkei 1.1%, while the Stoxx 600 rose 0.4% led higher by the banking sector. S&P futures are unchnaged after yesterday's last hour ramp. The key event is the BOE decision due in half an hour.

Largest US Pension Fund Suffers Worst Annual Return Since Financial Crisis Due To Heavy Stock Losses

While we have often documented the dramatic underperformance by the hedge fund industry over the past decade, today we learn that "vanilla" asset managers were also hurt over the past year in which the S&P went nowhere. Case in point: Calpers, the largest U.S. public pension fund which as the WSJ reports posted its lowest annual gain since the last financial crisis due to heavy losses in stocks.

Herbalife: Media Materially Misstates FTC Outcome, Icahn Files Potentially Questionable Statement with SEC

In the classic "pyramid" scheme, participants attempt to make money solely by recruiting new participants into the program. The hallmark of these schemes is the promise of sky-high returns in a short period of time for doing nothing other than handing over your money and getting others to do the same. But, like most news that goes out incorrectly, nobody noticed the retraction and nobody cared. Here’s what Dow Jones’ official retraction of the morning’s news looked like when it was issued later in the morning, with Herbalife stock already trading up nearly 15%

Pershing Square Lays Off More Than 10% Of Employees

Pershing Square, one of the worst performing hedge funds of 2015 and 2016, has laid off eight lower-level employees this week, the WSJ reports. The cuts, which largely involve back-office employees in technology and investor services, amount to more than 10% of the activist hedge fund’s staff.

The Top 100 Hedge Funds Of 2016 According To Barron's

Here is the table of the Top 100 best performing hedge funds of 2016 ranked by their 3-year compound return, with an average return of 16.98% (ranging from 30% to 12%), outperforming the S&P's 3 year return of 15.13%.

Dennis Gartman Mocks Bill Ackman's "Demise"; Tries To Understand Bitcoin, Fails

"This is an enormous tragedy of huge proportions being played out here before our eyes. Mr. Ackman’s investors did not deserve this fate, but they are being forced to live it nonetheless. How truly sad. He averaged down… again… and again…and again… and again. His eventual demise is a lesson to us all. Would that we learn from it: This is Greek tragedy of the saddest kind. No one deserves this fate"

What The Biggest Hedge Funds Did In Q1: The Full 13-F Summary

While far less attention is being paid to hedge fund 13F filings, which show a stale representation of equity long stakes among the hedge fund community as of 45 days prior, than in years gone by as a result of increasingly poor performance by the 2 and 20 crowd, they still remain closely watched source of investment ideas but mostly to find out what the new cluster ideas and hedge fund hotel stocks are at any given moment. Here are the highlights from the latest round of 13F filings.

Bill Ackman Releases Ghastly Portfolio Update; Defends Valeant, Other Money-Losing Investments

Ackman just released his disastrous Q1 Portfolio Update, in which he made zero macro comments, and instead spent the entire letter defending his various investments such as Air Products, Canadian Pacific (of which he sold 30% of its position on April 22), Fannie Mae, his Herbalife short which recently has cost him even more hundreds of millions in losses, Howard Hughes Company, Mondelez (where he also sold 20 million share on March 16), Nomad Foods, Platform Specialty Products, Restaurant Brands, and Zoetis (where he sold a 16.85mm share block on May 9 taking his stake from 8.6% to 5.0%). Why all the liquidations? Because of Valeant of course, which remains Ackman's biggest headache, and to whose defense he dedicated the most time.