Current news for this fund:
Sowood Capital Management - General
Count of distinct funds: 2
This fund lost approximately 50% of its value, or $1.5 billion in the month of July, amidst a credit crunch and general market turmoil. The firms two funds, Alpha and Alpha LP, were the key ones impacted. The company is being shut down and its positions sold to Citadel.
Sowood was run by Jeff Larson, who was formerly an endowment manager at Harvard. The university had about $500 million invested in Sowood funds and lost about $350 million of that. Oopsie!
Interestingly, the funds had no subprime mortgage exposure, per se. They were nabbed by a general drain in liquidity.
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