Did the investment guru(s) at Bethel pick the wrong Fund Manager, and hence the big need for cash?
Laggner refers to companies like Valeant, SunEdison and Micron Technology as hedge fund “hotels,” where you check in but can’t check out.
“I mean they can’t get out because they are the market,” Laggner said. “When they all try to get out, the stock collapses.”
Valeant is a classic example of a hedge fund hotel in that it has dropped from a high of $260 a share to the $100 range as the stock was obliterated by sellers. Shares of SunEdison, which was a popular solar energy play for hedge funds, have dropped from $31 to $6. Micron Technology’s stock price has been chainsawed in half.
It will be interesting to see whether a significant portion of hedge fund clients start withdrawing money from the industry. With some of the most prestigious hedge funds down double digits this year, net cash inflows into the industry slowed a little in the third quarter.