Hedge Fund Tiger Global Losing $136 Million a Day, Down 52%

The pain continued in May for Tiger Global Management. The hedge fund giant is losing money at a rate of over $130 million a day and most of its capital is gone.

From a Bloomberg report that broke this morning:

Losses at Tiger Global Management reached 52% this year, prompting the firm to cut management fees and create separate accounts for the illiquid wagers of customers who want to redeem. 

The firm’s hedge fund sank 14.2% last month, buffeted by losses in several stocks and substantial markdowns in its private assets, according to an investor letter seen by Bloomberg and a person with knowledge of the matter. 


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This comes after massive losses in April:

By April, the hedge fund’s 44% tumble, along with losses in its long-only and crossover funds, wiped out about $16 billion.

These figures put Tiger’s capital at the beginning of 2022 at around $36 billion. After April’s loss, a further 14% slide in May represents a $2.9 billion wipeout for the month.

May’s losses came to about $136 million per trading day. Every day.

As colossal as these losses are, they may be an underestimate of the true damage. Tiger has taken markdowns on its shares in private tech startups, but we have no way of knowing if those markdowns reflect reality.

Another large late stage investor, Fidelity, has taken only minor markdowns on its portfolio, including a 13% haircut on Stripe. Block, a similar fintech giant that happens to be publicly traded, is down 70% from its August high.

Tiger too may be engaging in this sort of wishful thinking.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Tiger may soon face attack from other hedge funds. It has allowed investors to pull out more money than usual, which will require huge stock sales.

Other funds are likely to short Tiger’s positions, knowing that Tiger has to sell regardless of price. This could make Tiger’s losses even worse.

So what’s next for Tiger? Their high-water mark means that until the fund recoups all its losses and a lot more, fees will be minimal.

Those fees pay the fat bonuses hedge funders are used to. Without them, many employees may jump ship.

Indeed, Tiger could shut down completely, daunted by the need to more than double their fund just to get back in the black. Melvin Capital Management recently closed after facing a long future with no juicy performance fees.

I expect to see Tiger’s losses grow as other funds attack its positions. However, a sudden, major run-up in tech stocks could save them at the last minute.

One thing I do know: I’m glad I don’t have any money in Tiger.

What do you think lies ahead for Tiger? And what hedge fund will be next?

Leave a comment at the bottom and let me know!

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Why Tech Stocks Are Oversold

It’s no secret that tech stocks have gotten kicked in the face in the last 6 months. The NASDAQ index of tech stocks is down 26% since November:

I’m convinced that public tech stocks are oversold right now. That’s been my gut feeling for at least a month, but today I came across some fascinating statistics.

Sequoia Capital, the best venture capital firm in history, released some stunning figures in a recent presentation to its founders:

– “61% of all software, internet and fintech companies are trading below pre-pandemic 2020 prices”

– “That’s despite many of these companies more than doubling both revenue and profitability”

– “⅓ are trading below COVID lows, when uncertainty and fear was peaking”

“- Growth-adjusted multiples [valuation divided by revenue] have fallen even further and are well below the 10-year average and pushing the 10-year lows”


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If a company doubles its revenue and profits but actually trades for less money than before, that is a bargain! If you liked it at $100 a share and $10 a share in earnings, for example, you have to love it at $75 a share and $20 in earnings!

But what about interest rates?

The NASDAQ is actually cheaper now than it was when the federal funds rate hit its recent peak in July 2019. At that time, the NASDAQ had a PE ratio of around 30 with the federal funds rate at 2.4%.

The current federal funds rate is a paltry 0.33%. Even if you look at rate expectations, they’re only around 2.8%.

Meanwhile, today’s NASDAQ PE is just 22.

And don’t forget, the Fed may not raise rates as much as expected.

Companies are laying off workers, the economy is on the edge of recession, a war is raging in Europe and COVID may return in the fall. There are many potential reasons why the Fed could back off.

Could tech stocks fall further? Absolutely.

But with every company and household pulling back at once, I think inflation will begin to moderate soon. And if it does, the Fed has a lot less reason to raise rates further, putting more pressure on tech stocks.

Fundamentally, here’s the question you have to ask yourself:

“Do I think the value of technology companies will be greater in 20 years or less in 20 years? Will they have more innovative products and paying customers, or fewer?”

The answer is obvious. Technology has transformed every industry and will continue to do so, resulting in massive profits.

And I want to be there when it happens.

What do you think is ahead for tech stocks? Leave a comment at the bottom and let me know!

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