Hurricane-Ravaged Hedge Funds To Close

Sep 6 2007 | 7:45am ET

Hurricane Katrina ravaged commodity hedge funds run by Global Advisors, and it’s been all downhill from there. This week, almost exactly two years after that storm struck the U.S. Gulf Coast and devastated New Orleans, the U.K.-based hedge fund manager plans to put a pair of funds out of their misery.

The Global Advisors Commodity Investment and Global Commodity Index Plus funds, buffeted by losses and investor redemptions in a run of bad luck that began with Katrina’s landfall, are to close by the end of the month, Financial News reports.

The closures and earlier redemptions will leave Global Advisors with just $100 million in assets under management, from a peak of $400 million before the hurricane. It’s also cutting its staff by 40%, a loss of four jobs.

But not all is doom and gloom for Global during this hurricane season: Its discretionary programs have been a disaster, but its systematic program has been a success. Co-principal Rus Newton told Financial News that the firm will concentrate on the quantitative systematic program going forward.

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…