Ritchie Capital Pulls Plug On Energy Fund

Nov 9 2006 | 11:42am ET

Ritchie Capital, reportedly burned by the spike in natural gas prices that sank Amaranth Advisors, is shuttering its specialist energy hedge fund.

Doug Rothschild, partner-in-chief and administrative officer for the firm, said, “this is part of our broader plan to move the business forward and focus on interesting spaces where we have a definable edge and can capture alpha.”

The $2.8 billion Geneva, Ill.-based firm’s energy fund had had a rough 2006; it was down in double-digits even before September’s disastrous natural gas price movements. The firm successfully won investor approval of new investment terms, including some lock-ups of up to three years. The firm said the move was necessary to prevent an outflow of investors requiring a major asset sell-off.

Ritchie’s is not the only energy hedge fund to hit hard times. In addition to Amaranth, MotherRock also closed its doors this year, and Citadel Investment Group reportedly took a hit from the energy markets.


In Depth

Steinbrugge: Top 10 Hedge Fund Industry Trends for 2017

Jan 3 2017 | 9:03pm ET

Each year, Agecroft Partners' Don Steinbrugge predicts the top hedge fund industry...

Lifestyle

'Tis the Season: Wall Street Holiday Parties Back In Fashion

Dec 22 2016 | 9:23pm ET

Spending on Wall Street holiday parties has largely returned to pre-2008 levels...

Guest Contributor

DarcMatter: The Top Trends in Alternative Investments for 2017

Jan 13 2017 | 8:22pm ET

The $7 trillion alternative investments industry is poised for continued growth...

 

From the current issue of

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White will step down as chair of the nation’s Wall Street overseer in January, setting the stage for a potential conservative shift in the regulator’s leadership under the incoming Donald Trump administration.