T2 Misses Rally, Ends Year Up 10.3%

Jan 11 2011 | 5:56am ET

Whitney Tilson’s T2 Partners returned 10.3% last year, admitting that it “completely misread” the Federal Reserve’s second round of quantitative easing.

T2 trailed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, which rose more than 15%, on the year. The T2 Accredited Fund gave back 3.3% in the fourth quarter due to missing out on the Fed-backed rally.

“We continued to position our portfolio somewhat defensively, which turned out to be precisely wrong as the market jumped 20.6% in the last four months of the year,” T2 told investors in a letter obtained by Dealbreaker.com. “The gains were driven by the frothiest, most speculative stocks, which are precisely the ones we tend to be short, so our profits on the long side were offset by losses on the short side such that we missed this big rally.”

But T2 wasn’t apologizing.

“We think this will end badly and we will not participate,” the firm said.


In Depth

'Smart Beta' Funds In Regulators' Sights, Hedgies May Be Next

Mar 26 2015 | 11:11am ET

Funds that mimic strategies used by active managers for a fraction of the cost could...

Lifestyle

Study: Both Marriage and Divorce Lead to Negative Hedge Fund Performance

Mar 25 2015 | 6:51pm ET

Trouble at home leads to trouble in the market for fund managers, according to researchers...

Guest Contributor

The Life Settlement: Yield For The Investor And Cash For The Consumer

Mar 31 2015 | 6:48am ET

Investors are languishing in a yield-starved, low-interest rate environment, looking...

 

Sponsored Content

    Mar 9 2015 | 6:35am ET

    Kelly RodriquesKelly RodriquesAs more investors look to diversify, many are beginning to use retirement funds to invest in alternative assets such as private equity and real estate. Kelly Rodriques, CEO & President of PENSCO Trust Company, explains how companies can connect with those looking to use their retirement accounts in a different way. Read more…

Editor's Note