Bridgewater Associates

After probing deep and hard, the Bridgewater machine votes to go with the developed world. Read more »

Ray Dalio does not fear the truth (2) that he’s taking a bath during this little correction. He does not feel bad about his mistakes or those of his underlings (10). He simply puts it all into perspective (163), pushes through (189), identifies the principles violated (160), does not “Monday-morning quarterback” (159) and synthesizes (205), diagnosing continuously (156). Read more »

At the end of March, Mayor Michael Pavia called an impromptu press conference to make the announcement that many in the city had long been expecting. Joined at a table by Carl Kuehner, the CEO of Building and Land Technology, Pavia proclaimed that, after months of tough negotiations, his administration and the Harbor Point developer had finally reached a deal to bring Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, to Stamford…As all the parties, including a senior executive from Bridgewater, posed smilingly for photos, the deal between the mayor and Kuehner, for all purposes, seemed to be done…Yet three months later, the license agreement outlining the conditions of BLT’s use of city property for the boatyard as well as its infrastructure contributions, is yet to be finalized. Without the critical document, neither the new boatyard nor Bridgewater can move forward in the city approval process. As of last week, there was no indication of any progress in the dialogue between the two sides. The delay has spurred speculation within the city’s development community about Kuehner’s strategy, prompting questions about whether the hedge fund has changed its plans, possibly weighing a new location or perhaps staying put in Westport. “It’s curious,” said one well-informed observer. Like others, he stressed that any talk was just conjecture and that any changes to the project would likely be a closely guarded secret kept by Kuehner and Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater. But he expressed bewilderment at the sudden loss of momentum for a project attached with significant economic stakes. [Stamford Advocate, earlier]

Overtime that was not for naught! Thanks to labor laws protecting LBBs, Tepper took home $2.2 billion last year. Other people who made some money in 2012: Read more »

Bridgewater Associates told its investors that it will launch a new hedge fund this year, and had sold another minority equity stake in the firm to an unidentified buyer to help ensure its long-term viability. Bridgewater described its new fund, All Weather Major Markets, as a variation of its All Weather strategy that seeks to perform in any economic environment. In a Jan. 24 year-end report to investors, the hedge-fund firm said All Weather Major Markets would help ensure that its $65 billion All Weather fund doesn’t grow too large, potentially hurting its returns. All Weather returned 15.3% in 2012, gross of fees, Bridgewater wrote. In the same 304-page report, Bridgewater said it had completed a deal at the end of last year to sell a nonvoting stake in the firm to an outside investor, marking the fourth time the firm made such a transaction. The firm didn’t identify the investor or the size of the stake. “The proceeds of these transactions have allowed us to create a sustainable capital base that is independent of Ray, while remaining entirely employee-controlled,” the Jan. 24 report said, referring to Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio. [WSJ]

A plan to transform a gritty, industrial stretch of South End waterfront into a glassy headquarters for the world’s largest hedge fund came into sharper focus this week, following submission of zoning applications from developer Building and Land Technology. In addition to a five-story, 850,000-square-foot office, the campus for Bridgewater Associates calls for a helipad, a floating recreational barge, a restored estuary and a marina…The heart of the plan is a giant office complex designed by Cutler Anderson Architects. The Washington-based firm previously designed Bill Gates’ private home in Medina, Wash. Made up of two long, curved buildings joined in the center by bridges and paths, the structure is poised to become the most striking presence on the Stamford coastline. The project’s goal, according to the coastal site plan application, is “to house a corporation in an environment that fosters personal interaction and a strong connection to the living world.” [Stamford Advocate, earlier]

  • 11 Oct 2012 at 2:35 PM

Caption Contest Thursday: Vintage Dalio


Bridgewater Mentor Ray Dalio and friends, circa 1976 [Clusterstock]

Earlier today, Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio sat down with Andrew Ross Sorkin for a wide-ranging chat about QE3, China, gold, American competitiveness, monetary policy, and his general outlook on life and the economy. While there are a whole bunch of issues that Dalio could be worried about, his biggest fear? “Social disruptions” that could pave the way for a Hitler-esque guy or girl coming to power.  Read more »