Money managers under the microscope
This year’s stock market rebound has turned into a bubble, or at least that’s the view of closely-followed hedge fund manager Crispin Odey.
Odey, who called a bull market back in April, reckons quantitative easing has fuelled investors’ desire to get out of cash and government bonds and into real assets, leading to a stampede.
However, there is little sign this bubble is going to burst in the immediate future and Odey reckons these conditions could continue until the end of the year.
For now at least, “everyone should enjoy it”, says Odey, whose European fund rose 6.5 percent in August, taking year-to-date gains to just under 47 percent.
Plenty has happened since the UK brought in its temporary ban on short-selling financial stocks last year — Madoff, Weavering, hedge fund outflows, the EC’s controversial plans for hedge fund rules, and even a few hedge funds making money.
However, behind the scenes, the debate on how to handle this controversial practice rumbles on, and today the Investment Management Association published its response to the FSA’s discussion paper, now that the period for responses has closed.
We perhaps know already that 2008 was the worst year ever for FoHFs, and that cumulative losses reached an all-time high as the year ended with a Madoff-shaped bang. Fitch also raises a fear that managers have shared after imposing redemption restrictions on clients wanting to stash their cash under the proverbial mattress: