Better-Than-Expected Fundraising Delays Twitter Fund Debut

Apr 8 2011 | 12:09pm ET

Here’s a problem most hedge fund managers would love to have: a fund that plans to use Twitter feeds has had to delay its debut because it’s raised too much money.

IR Web Report says the London-based fund created by brothers Paul and Simon Hawtin has raised almost $100 million—that’s about $60 million more than the brothers had expected to have for their April 1 launch. As a result, the launch has been delayed while the fund is restructured to accommodate more investors.

This is the second delay for Derwent Capital Markets, the Hawtins’ firm, which had initially intended to launch the fund in February 2011, but had to postpone while it ramped up its operation to cope with greater-than-expected investor interest.

Derwent claims the use of “calm” motional words on Twitter, properly analyzed, lets the firm predict where the Dow Jones Industrial Average is going in the next two to six days with a remarkable 87.6% accuracy.

The Hawtins hope to earn 15% to 20% returns.

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