Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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Dec 13 2013 | 10:10am ET
John Paulson's belief in gold has cost him a very great deal of money—but it may have cost Eric Sprott his job.
Sprott, arguably Canada's best-known hedge fund manager, has also doggedly stuck with his bet on the precious metal—which, in turn, has stuck investors in Sprott Inc.'s flagship with losses in excess of 50% this year, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sprott, whose faith in silver has also proven a loser, has seen his fund lose double-digits in three years running, and his assets under management drop from US$3 billion to US$350 million.
And, as of 2015, they'll drop to $0: Sprott's namesake company is phasing him out. While Sprott will remain chairman of the firm he founded in 1981, by the end of next year he'll be relegated to "chief cheerleader duties," Sprott CFO Peter Grosskopf told the Journal.
"Nobody here likes me to use that word 'turnaround,' but let's face it: That's what we're doing," Grosskopf said. The move follows the firm's decision last year to add co-chief investment officers to all of Sprott's funds.
Sprott Inc.'s assets have fallen to US$7 billion from US$10 billion, almost entirely due to losses on gold and redemptions. Despite pushing Sprott aside, the firm will continue to focus on gold, but with a new emphasis on risk management, Grosskopf said.
Still, it's been a startling fall for the industry stalwart: Sprott posted his best return in 2010—41.2%—just before his luck turned. Despite the losses over the past three years, the flagship maintains a 5.8% annualized return since inception.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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