Hedge Fund Bridgewater Associates Increases Bets on European Stocks
During a recent US Securities and Exchange Commission Form 13F update, Bridgewater Associates reported the highest wagers the firm has ever made. This comes after the firm built a $14 billion position against European companies.
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Current wagers are the highest since it built a $14 billion position against European companies
Despite its famous reputation for large shorts, hedge fund Bridgewater Associates has reportedly ramped up its wagers against major European stocks. This follows larger wagers in recent years. It is unclear whether the positions are purely profit driven or part of a broader hedging strategy. Bridgewater’s research indicates the firm is pessimistic about the current economic environment. It expects inflation to persist. It is also concerned about supply chain issues. It expects rising interest rates to increase the risk of recession. The firm has a portfolio of about $151 billion, of which about $97 billion is in alternative assets. It manages a range of funds, including FRM, which emphasizes responsible investment. The company pays a 4.5% dividend. The fund has outperformed the S&P 500 in the last 10 years. The STOXX Europe 600 index is down 17% this year. It has been affected by global macroeconomic challenges, including the Ukraine conflict and the energy crisis. The S&P Global indicator for economic activity has fallen to a 16-month low. The European Central Bank is also looking to curb inflation. However, many countries are expecting inflation to rebound to target levels around 2pc next year. As inflation rises, supply chain issues have been compounded. Russian oil companies have increased the supply of naphtha to Africa and Middle East. This has created a clear opening for non-Russian suppliers. The firm has a bet against TotalEnergies, an oil and gas company. It has also taken a bet against Dutch semiconductor equipment supplier ASML Holding. The fund has also taken bets against Germany’s BASF and SAP SE, as well as French drugmaker Sanofi. The fund has also shorted Santander and Allianz. The funds short positions have helped offset losses from their top five holdings. The firm’s short-selling strategy could help the firm gain profits as stocks slump. The market has been in a bear market for more than a month. The S&P 500 has lost 24% this year. Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates in 1975. He is currently co-chief investment officer and chairman of the board of directors. The fund has been a leader in investing based on computer models. Its flagship fund has delivered an average annual return of 11.4% since 1991.
Bridgewater's recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Form 13F update
Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released 13F filings for major financial firms, including Bridgewater Associates. The reports are required for institutional investment managers that manage more than $100 million in assets. They give investors quarterly updates on a fund’s activity. This information includes the total market value of a fund’s assets, the number of shares owned at the end of the calendar quarter, and the name and CUSIP number of the security. Despite the fact that these forms are publicly available, they often fail to provide useful investor data.
In the second quarter, the Pure Alpha II fund made a hefty 32% gain. However, it was not as strong in the volatile 2020, with a 12.6% fall. The fund also had a strong year-to-date performance. In the third quarter, the firm curbed its holdings in Procter & Gamble and cut its position in ConAgra Foods Inc. It also boosted its iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF. It added 4.5 million shares to its holdings in the ETF. The fund is also building significant short positions in the Euro Stoxx 50 index.
The SEC recently proposed changes to the 13F rules, which would raise the reporting threshold to $3.5 billion in equities, and include a 45-day filing window. The changes are expected to be effective 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. The changes have drawn hundreds of comments from retail investors. Some of the biggest issuers in the financial sector, as well as small and mid-sized companies, have raised concerns.
The SEC is rethinking the proposed changes, citing feedback from investment managers and other stakeholders. One SEC official said that the changes were designed to bring the 13F process back to its intended purpose. He also said that they were significant.
The SEC also took the time to collect public comment on the proposal. The agency heard from usual suspects, such as academics and securities lawyers. They also collected input from other investment managers and outside vendors. The agency then revised its estimates. The SEC has been considering changes to the 13F rules for years. The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), which is a coalition of 1,600 public companies, has opposed the changes, citing lack of transparency.
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The company is an affiliate of Empower Advisory Group, LLC, and an affiliate of Empower Financial Services, Inc. The firm is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the 1940 Act. It is a member of FINRA/SIPC. The firm operates under the name Unlimited HFND Multi-Strategy Return Tracker ETF. It is a broad sector index-based ETF, which tracks the Toronto 35 Index. The first ETF launched by Unlimited was the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). Today, the company’s assets under management are $1,445 billion. The first 1,000 online trades are free.
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