• 08 Jan 2015 at 12:34 PM

Layoffs Watch ’15: StanChart

standard charteredThe Standard Chartered equities business, and its staff, are packing it in. At least one guy, not among those being told to clean out his desk, has wondered aloud what the hell took them so long. Seriously, if it was him, he would’ve been passing out boxes and booking conference rooms for awkward conversations like a year ago. Read more »

Hedge funds are shutting at a rate not seen since the financial crisis, as many managers post disappointing returns and the largest players dominate money raising…In the first half of the year, 461 funds closed, Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research Inc. said. If that pace continues, it will be the worst year for hedge fund closures since 2009, when there were 1,023 liquidations. [Bloomberg]

  • 20 Sep 2013 at 6:58 PM

Hedge Fund Shuttering Watch ’13: Clive Capital

According to Reuters, the Brits are packing it in. Read more »

Last Friday, Bloomberg reported that Kleinheinz Capital Partners had written investors to inform them that the firm would be closing up shop, on account of founder John Kleinheinz no longer “enjoying running running the fund” as much as he used to. And while JK is certainly not the first hedge fund manager to throw in the towel or to blame “central bank and government intervention for reducing volatility and making macro investing more difficult,” and there are obviously enough people left in the industry to manage people’s money, this particular account of calling it quits should leave you slightly misty-eyed, for one reason: the hedge fund community has lost the guy that did this (and, noting the less than apologetic apology, would do it again?): Read more »

Clients were informed of the turn of events today in a rather terse email that may or may not have concluded, “So that’s all, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Read more »

Octavian Advisors, a roughly $1 billion hedge fund firm specializing in distressed investments, said it was shutting down, becoming the latest casualty of tough market conditions as it suffered double-digit losses…”We are deeply frustrated by a market that is driven almost entirely by macroeconomic and political decision-making in the short and intermediate term, where idiosyncratic investments and analysis are overwhelmed by the broader backdrop, and where ‘events’ have become more and more difficult to effectuate and analyze,” founder Richard Hurowitz wrote a letter to investors. [Reuters]

BlueGold Capital To Pack It In

Why, the firm would rather not say at this time. Read more »

  • 24 Jan 2012 at 2:07 PM

Ticonderoga Securities To Close Up Shop

According to Bloomberg, the brokerage “will halt operations after an attempt to boost capital fell through” and close by the end of the week.