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Ex-Amaranth trader bounces back


Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Author: Financial Times

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Brian Hunter, the trader who was blamed for the collapse of $9bn hedge fund Amaranth Advisors two years ago, has taken advantage of last monthís plunge in commodity prices to help propel the year-to-date return at the fund he now advises to 230%.

The Peak Ridge Capital Commodities Volatility fund, which Hunter advises, returned 24% in July as commodities prices fell 10% for the month. Several other hedge funds with short positions in commodities also posted stellar returns - among them, Paul Touradjiís Capital Management fund, which investors say gained 6.5% over the month. But Ospraie Managementís $3bn flagship fund fell 13% to bring year-to-date losses to 15%. The outperformance of Hunter and others came as Morningstar said its 1000 Hedge Fund Index was down more than 3% for July, making it the worst month since Jan 2003.