Crispin Odey did not mince words about the disaster that befell his Odey Asset Management in March.
The €1.7 billion hedge fund lost 7.3% last month, Odey told investors. “The reversal in fortunes has been swift and the destruction intense,” he wrote.
The decline left Odey down 4.6% on the year, cutting its exposure and long bets. “We are down to hand-to-hand fighting.”
Odey did not sound optimistic for a quick turnaround, warning that the “world economy could turn in many different ways.” He said his fund’s reversals were fueled by the “cold winter” in the U.S. and “little evidence of real growth” in Europe.
“Throw in an uncertain Russia and an invasion of the Crimea, and is it any surprise that the markets have been choppy.”