Another Hedge Fund Manager Crushed By August: Lee Ainslie

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Hedge fund manager Lee Ainslie is down 10% year to date after a disastrous August, according to Reuters.The manager of ~$10 billion Maverick Capital was crushed by investments in (down 41% YTD), First Solar (down 34%), and Citigroup (down 43%) in his flagship fund, which lost 11% in August.

A smaller, levered version of the fund lost 23% .

According to Katya Wachtel at Reuters:

Maverick’s flagship fund tumbled 11 per cent last month, and is now down about 10 per cent for the year, the two people familiar with the numbers said.

Ainslie owns 7.7% of The Chinese internet company Youku.

This means Ainslie, a prominent manager, might be facing some big competition now from managers with stronger returns in August and this year. He’s not alone. Many hedge fund portfolios lost a lot of money recently.

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