Tourbillon Capital, a $4.5 billion hedge fund that's been sounding the alarm about 'frothy speculation,' is suffering big losses

  • Tourbillon Capital is a $US3.4 billion ($AU4.49 billion) New York hedge fund led by Jason Karp.
  • Karp has been warning of “frothy speculation,” in the markets and has been preaching patience.
  • The firm’s flagship fund is down more than 10% for the year to November 17.

Tourbillon Capital, a $US3.4 billion hedge fund firm led by Jason Karp, is suffering.

The firm’s flagship Global Master fund is down 3.5% for the first 17 days of November, bringing performance for the year to November 17 to a loss of 10.6%, according to a note to investors seen by Business Insider. Its long-only fund was up about 10% through October, Business Insider previously reported.

In an October letter to investors, Karp preached patience, saying the fund saw “a number of warning signs that point to the middle innings of frothy speculation.” Those comments echo earlier letters, which have discussed the challenges of managing money in the current bull market.

In the October letter, Karp added that despite this, there are investment opportunities for those willing to look “ugly” for some period of time.

Tourbillon currently manages about $US3.4 billion firmwide, including long-only investments.

Before launching Tourbillon, Karp was a portfolio manager at Steve Cohen’s SAC Capital and a co-chief investment officer at Carlson Capital.

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