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Money managers under the microscope

The new wrong

February 26, 2009

Most hedge funds agree that the credit crisis has thrown up some interesting assets at bargain-basement prices, particularly in credit markets.

rtr23v8sThe problem? When you have to report net asset value performance to jittery investors and prices of these cheap assets are getting even cheaper, when do you buy?

That’s the dilemma facing many fund managers, some of whom have got burned by snapping up asset-backed securities and other assets too quickly.

After all, a security that has fallen 90 percent is one that has dropped 80 percent and then halved.

Chris Woods, chief investment officer at Man Global Strategies, speaking at Wednesday’s Euromoney bond conference in Westminster, helps us out.

“Just as 50 is the new par, so early is the new wrong,” he says.

As investors have found, it may be cheap, but it could get a lot cheaper.

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