The 30 year-old hedge fund stars whose world is falling apart
Back in 2013 and early 2014, there was money to be made in Greece. Greek bonds went from 12 to 60 cents on the dollar and the emboldened hedge fund fund managers who bought them up became rich indeed.
“People made their careers on that trade,” George Linatsas, founding partner of Axia Ventures, an investment bank that specializes in Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Italy, told the New York Times.
Eighteen months later, and the career trade has turned sour. The NYT says the swanky ‘Hotel Grand Bretagne’ in Athens is filling up with panicked hedge fund investors in their 30s who’ve made a bad mistake.
Until last weekend, their efforts were reportedly focused on trying to work out exactly what the Greek government was up to. Some were ‘listening to Greek radio’. Others had hired specialists to study the body language of Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. Now that Tsipras’ and Varoufakis’ intentions are clear, the young hedge fund managers can at least save that expense. Unfortunately, it may be too late to redeem their careers.
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