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What motivates a hedge fund manager to continue busting his ass to churn out profits year after year, once he’s already amassed a fortune most people can’t even fathom, when he could easily pack it all in and live more than comfortably without ever working another day? For some, it’s the thrill. For others, it’s the trophy’s wife’s shoe habit. For Crispin Odey, it’s the chickens.

The Odey Asset Management founder (and sausage brand ambassador)’s got a mess of high-maintenance ones and earlier this year, had architects draft blueprints of a “Palladian-style” mansion he intended to build them (seen at left), replete with a grey zinc roof, “pediments, cornice, architrave, and frieze in English oak,” and columns “hewn from the finest grey Forest of Dean standstone.” After finishing 2011 down 20.3%, things were no doubt more than a little tense over in Herefordshire, where questions of whether or not construction would have to be halted, or if they’d have to make the switch to [whispers] generic-brand feed. Certainly a moment of panic swept over Odey each day when he returned home, wondering as he turned the knob if he’d be entering an empty house, the chickens gone and a note explaining they couldn’t do this anymore on the fridge. Ran off with the general contractor because what was the point of shacking up with a money manger if the money wasn’t there? Luckily for all parties involved, it won’t have to come to that; according to Bloomberg Markets’ annual ranking of the top performing hedge funds, performing under pressure is one of Odey’s specialities. Read more »

I really hope that Facebook is just faking us all out with this whole “we’re IPO’ing on Wednesday” thing that they haven’t said, in part because I have yet to park $100k of the Dealbreaker slush fund/Bloomberg budget in Facebook shares on SharesPost. But just in case they actually do something next week let’s analyze the hell out of everything so we can be proven wrong by the filings. Okay? Okay.

One thing to over-analyze is that presumptive lead-left bookrunner Morgan Stanley’s shares did or did not go up on the news that Facebook will or will not file next week and MS will or will not be the lead bookrunner. One reason for the market to shrug off this quasi-news is that Morgan Stanley won’t actually make any money on the deal since Faceook is planning to punch everyone in the face on fees: Read more »

  • 10 Jan 2012 at 10:41 AM

Which Hedge Funds Were Most Profitable In 2011?

The latest issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine has the answer to that burning question but first, let’s take a gander at who had the best performance, among large hedge funds.

1. Tiger Global, YTD total return: 45% (assets, in billions: 6.0)
2. Renaissance Institutional Equities, 33.1% (7.0)
3. Pure Alpha II, 23.5% (53.0)
4. Discus Managed Futures Program, 20.9% (2.5)
5. Providence MBS, 20.6% (1.3)
6. Oculus, 19.0% (7.0)
7. All Weather 12%, 17.8% (4.4)
7. Dymon Asia Macro, 17.8% (1.6)
10. Citadel, 17.7% (11.0)
11. Coatue Management, 16.9% (4.7)
12. Stratus Multi-Strategy Program, 16.6% (3.7)
13. OxAM Quant Fund, 16.4% (2.0)
14. SPM Core, 15.7% (1.0)
15. Pure Alpha I, 14.9% (11.0)
16. Autonomy Global Macro, 13.9% (2.1)
17. BlackRock Fixed Income Global Alpha, 13.8% (2.4)
18. SPM Structured Serving Holding, 13.5% (1.6)
19. GSA Capital International, 13.0% (1.0)
20. JAT Capital, 12.7% (2.5)

And for those who judge themselves by how many bags of hundos they’ve got to strip naked and roll around in: Read more »

Since Bank of America announced it’s intent to charge $5 fees on debit cards holder choosing to use their debt card in any given month, the Charlottte-based bank has been on the receiving end of a whole lot of shit. Obama tut tutted the move, Dick Durbin told customers to “get the heck out of that bank,” and a purse-wielding Fox Business anchor vowed to “show Bank of America just what I think of their fees.” For a while, Brian Moynihan held his tongue, refusing to respond to the haters. Today, his spirits diminished but not yet broken, he found his voice. Standing up for himself, for his employees and for his teammates on the company softball team, Moynihan let the world know that BAC is a person, BAC has feelings, BAC has a right to express itself, BAC can make its own decisions and BAC doesn’t have to answer to you or to anyone! Read more »

Groupon Inc., seeking to raise $750 million in an initial public offering, asked six more banks to help underwrite the sale, including Barclays Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co, said two people with knowledge of the situation. Citigroup Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Bank of America Corp. and Allen & Co. were also offered a role, said the people, who declined to be identified because the decision isn’t public. [Bloomberg]

Related: “This IPO game isn’t about finding value, it’s about finding a greater fool who actually believes the valuation is true”

Does a mere two and a half years to get out and 3&30 sound like something you’d be interested in? Read more »

  • 16 Feb 2011 at 9:45 AM

DE Shaw Cuts Rates

Like a Thai hooker with the clap. Read more »