World’s largest hedge fund puts down $13 billion to profit from trouble in Europe.

Bridgewater Bets Big against Largest Banks in Spain & Italy:

World’s largest hedge fund puts down $13 billion to profit from trouble in Europe. 

A lot of people have lost a lot of money in the recent financial market convulsions, but there’s still plenty of money to be made by betting against the companies, as the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, showed this week. It bet heavily against four of Spain’s biggest corporate hitters. The fund took up short positions worth €1.2 billion, or 0.5% of total shares at Banco Santander, BBVA, Telefónica and Iberdrola.

The gamble has already reaped dividends. Shares of Iberdrola, Spain’s biggest utilities company, Telefonica, Spain’s struggling telecoms giant, and Santander, Spain’s biggest bank ended the week around 5% lower, while BBVA tumbled 4%. Bridgewater placed its best against the two large Spanish banks last week, just as they presented annual results that largely disappointed the market. Since then, both banks have lost close to 10% of their market cap.

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Hedge Fund Behind Mystery “Bitcoin To $50,000” Bet Revealed

Hedge Fund Behind Mystery “Bitcoin To $50,000” Bet Revealed:

The crypto space was thrown into chaos today as the price of bitcoin and its peers plunged overnight, cementing the pioneering digital currency’s worst week since December 2013, only to rebound dramatically into the close, wiping out virtually all losses. Also today, just as the rout was nearing its trough, we shared a story from the Wall Street Journal about a mystery trader who placed a $1 million bet that bitcoin will climb above $50,000 by December 28, 2018.

That trade was a call option purchased on the LedgerX platform, which received permission from the CFTC over the summer to launch the first swap execution facility for the clearing of bitcoin-linked derivatives, and began trading in the fall, before CME and CBOE launched their own bitcoin futures. As the WSJ detailed previously, if bitcoin is below $50,000 on Dec. 28, 2018, the options will expire worthless, and the $1 million will be lost. But if bitcoin rises above that level, the options give the owner the right to buy 275 bitcoins for $50,000 apiece—a transaction that would cost $13.8 million.

Some more details on the trade mechanics from Privateer’s Aaron Brown:

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Is Bridgewater (The World’s Biggest Hedge Fund) A Fraud? Here Are The Troubling Questions Posed By Jim Grant

Is Bridgewater A Fraud? Here Are The Troubling Questions Posed By Jim Grant: 

Jim Grant, author of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, first hinted last week that not all is well when it comes to the world’s biggest hedge fund, Ray Dalio’s $160 billion Bridgewater (of which one half is the world’s biggest risk-parity juggernaut). Speaking to Bloomberg last week, Grant said he was “bearish” on Bridgewater because founder Dalio has become “less focused on investing, while the firm lacks transparency and has produced lackluster returns.”

Grant slammed Dalio’s transition from investor to marketer, and in a five-page critique of the world’s largest hedge fund, said Dalio has been preoccupied with his new book, sitting for media interviews and sending Tweets.

“Such activities have one thing in common: They are not investing,” Grant writes in the Oct. 6 issue of his newsletter. “Yet here he is, laying it all out to the world again, Tweeting, promoting his book, attacking the press — necessarily doing less of his day job than he would otherwise do.”

Grant continued his scathing critique, accusing Bridgewater of “lately performed no better than the typical hedge fund.” Grant is right: since the start of 2012, Bridgewater’s Pure Alpha II Fund has posted an annualized return of 2.5% vs its historic average of 12%, and is down 2.8% this year through July.

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“This Market Is Crazy”: Hedge Fund Returns Hundreds Of Millions To Clients Citing Imminent “Calamity”

“This Market Is Crazy”: Hedge Fund Returns Hundreds Of Millions To Clients Citing Imminent “Calamity”:

“We think that there is too much risk in this market at the moment, we think it’s crazy,” Altair CIO Philip Parker said: “valuations are stretched, property is massively overstretched… Let me tell you I’ve never been more certain of anything in my life.

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One Of The World’s Biggest Hedge Funds Has Lost $1.8 Billion In 2016

Aaaand it’s gone.


One Of The World’s Biggest Hedge Funds Has Lost $1.8 Billion In 2016:

The latest monthly drop brings its YTD losses to 14.7% this year. According to the WSJ, the fund has now lost $1.8 billion YTD which places it among the worst-performing funds this year. The firm now runs about $20 billion.

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Hedge Fund Manager Charged In Insider Trading Case Commits Suicide

Hedge Fund Manager Charged In Insider Trading Case Commits Suicide:

Last week, we reported on the historic insider trading bust that took place at the soon to be sold Visium Capital, in which, among other accusations, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan charged Sanjay Valvani of fraudulently making $25 million by gaining advance word about U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals of generic drug applications. Moments ago, Dow Jones reported that the same Sanjay Valvani, charged in the Visiuam insider trading case, was found dead this morning in an apparent suicide.

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Welcome to Crony America: Hedge Fund with $146 Billion in Assets Gets $22 Million Government Subsidy

Welcome to Crony America: Hedge Fund with $146 Billion in Assets Gets $22 Million Government Subsidy:

The world’s biggest hedge fund has secured $22 million of financial assistance from the government of Connecticut, reports FT. The hedge fund, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates,has $146bn of assets under management.

A meeting of Connecticut’s bond commission on Friday approved $5 million in grants for Bridgewater and a $17 million  loan that will be forgiven if fund creates 750 jobs in the state.

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