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Did Neil Woodford cause the BP oil slick?


Well, no. Of course he didn’t. And if pressed, he’d probably rather the southern seaboard of the United States wasn’t slowly turning into a necklace of slippery brown beaches.

But he is one of very few to benefit from the avalanche of political opprobrium, escalating costs and reputational damage that has engulfed BP in the last month, sending the shares 30 percent lower and leaving the pension pots of poor grans and grandads looking markedly less healthy.

Woodford, of course, sold out of BP (and Shell), back in October last year. Not in anticipation of a sunken Gulf of Mexico oil rig and a tough-to-tap pipe head, but for fear of tumbling oil prices and rising exploration costs.

Over the last month he has reaped the benefits of that call. His funds are the only ones in the UK equity income sector to turn a profit in the month to close of business on Wednesday.

Hedge funds, take heart!


Many commentators have written the obituary of the hedge fund industry, or of some of its more esoteric or leverage-dependent strategies, during the credit crisis.

rtr257fkSo it may be of some encouragement to see a new launch by Invesco Perpetual, announced today.