N.J. Hedge Fund Up 141% On Quantitative Easing Bet

Oct 11 2011 | 12:17pm ET

Hedge fund RK Investment Advisors soared more than 140% in the third quarter—by many measures among the worst-ever three-month periods for the hedge fund industry.

Kinnelon, N.J.-based RK's Speculators Portfolio bet against U.S. stocks in anticipation of the end of the Federal Reserve's second round of quantitative easing. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index plummeted over the past three months, which began with the end of QEII.

"'Don't fight the Fed' is the theme of the last two years," RK chief investment officer Randy Kurtz said. "Even in the face of bad news, when the Fed floods the market with money, stocks rise, and when the Fed stops, the market falls."

The Speculative Portfolio jumped 141.94% in what Kurtz called the "quarter of carnage."

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