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Bridgewater Fires Back At NYTimes 'Sex Scandal' Story: Firm Is "Not For Everyone"

It seems the New York Times may have struck a nerve with its recent article on Bridgewater which exposed a sexual harrassment claim made by a former employee who described the fund as a “cauldron of fear and intimidation." While the letter generally attempts to discredit everything in the NYT article, we did find one point of agreement as Bridgewater pointed out that the firm is "not for everyone." 

JPMorgan Head Quant Explains Why Most Hedge Funds Have Been Slammed In 2016

"YTD performance of equity long-short Hedge Funds was likely dragged down by their net long equity exposure and heavy exposure to popular growth and momentum stocks. As a result, the HFRXEH index performed in line with passive investors (S&P 500). The momentum selloff in the first week of February negatively impacted equity quants who are on average overweight  momentum/low volatility factors"

Is Citadel Unwinding A $50 Billion Portfolio In The Aftermath Of The Surveyor Debacle

The WSJ writes that "through the second week of February, Citadel’s main fund is down 6.5% this year, a person familiar with the matter said." As Copeland notes, "Mr. Griffin grapples with a money-losing stretch unusual for one of the hedge-fund world’s marquee names." That is only part of the story. Here is what the WSJ missed. As our source reveals, Citadel is quietly trying to unwind the $50 billion leveraged Surveyor portfolio.

"We're All Dr.Evil Now"

We’re all Dr. Evil today, thinking that one million dollars is a lot of money, or that one second is a short period of time, or that we are individually smart or capable in a systemically interesting way. We use our small-number brains to make sense of an increasingly large-number investment world, and as a result both our market fears and our market dreams are increasingly out of touch with reality.

This Is What The Historic "Risk Parity" Blow Up Looked Like

The volatile sell-off in global equities from Thursday August 20th through Tuesday August 24th, alongside a relatively muted diversification benefit from fixed income, led many risk parity funds to suffer a sudden and sharp drawdown over the four-day period. The performance drawdown and subsequent spike in the volatility of risk parity funds likely triggered a significant deleveraging in their assets.

So You Want Bridgewater To Manage Your Money? There Is One Small Condition

"Bridgewater’s assets under management increased from $150 billion as of 12/31/13 to approximately $154 billion as of 12/31/14."... "Bridgewater generally requires that its Clients have a minimum of $5 billion of investable assets."... "For new client relationships, Bridgewater’s standard minimum fee is expected to be $500,000 for its All Weather strategy, $1,000,000 for its Pure Alpha and Pure Alpha Major Markets strategies, and $4,750,000 for Optimal Portfolio."

Did The World's Biggest Hedge Fund Just Go "All In" On HFT And Dark Pools?

Is the world's biggest hedge fund going all-in on HFT and Dark Pools? We ask because Ray Dalio's Westport, CT-based Bridgewater, which at last check manages around $160 billion between its Pure Alpha and All Weather fund products, and which according to preliminary data had a solid performance in 2014, has just hired Jose Marques, the former global head of the quant and algo-heavy electronic trading at Deutsche Bank, to become Bridgewater's new head of trading.

Anthony "@Hedgieguy" Davian Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Last August we presented the story of a very sad and misguided individual, one Athony Davian, who was then the first person charged with running a ponzi scheme off twitter. Today, the sad story of Anthony "@Hedgieguy" Davian comes to an end with his guilty plea to charges of fraud.

Soros Best In 2013, Tops Dalio With Massive $40 Billion Lifetime Gain

Size matters, it would seem, in the world of elite hedge fund managers. George Soros' Quantum Fund had its 2nd-best year on record, adding $5.5bn (22%) to the pound-breaking billionaire's horde and has now shifted above Ray Dalio's Bridgewater fund as the most successful hedge fund of all time. As The FT reports, since inception in 1973, Quantum has generated almost $40bn. Four other funds including Tepper's Appaloosa, Mandel's Lone Pine, and Klarman's Baupost also made more than $4 bn for their investors. Since they were set up, the top 20 hedge funds have made 43 per cent of all the money made by investors in more than 7,000 hedge funds.