Cramer on Hedge Funds
Cramer on Hedge Fund Industry Performance
Never short of opinions here's a piece on Cramers view of the markets and how hedge funds are affecting them now:
Forced selling by hedge funds is behind the late-day market volatility these days, Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Thursday.
He fears we may never see a bottom until the selling comes to an end.
Cramer said many hedge fund strategies have just been dead wrong, such as the betting on a Chinese recovery after the Olympics that failed to materialize. As evidence, he used the Baltic Dry Shipping Index and the Shanghai Composite Index to graphically show how much China's economy has slowed.
The result of hedge funds gone bad is forced selling, he said. At around 2:45 p.m. each day, hedge funds begin preparing for the next day's round of redemptions by liquidating their ill-conceived positions.
These billion-dollar liquidations, in turn, wreak havoc on the markets, causing huge late day declines and subsequent snap-back rallies. "These funds are getting killed," he said.
Cramer also blamed on what's known as "fund-to-fund managers," middlemen between the large hedge funds and their clients. These managers, who typically take a 1% to 2% commission for their services, often pressure funds for immediate redemptions, forcing managers to think only for the short term.