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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What Hugh Hendry of Eclectica Asset Management Has Been Buying

Barron's has a great interview with Hugh Hendry of Eclectica Asset Management. His flagship fund returned 12% last year mainly by investing in the short end of interest rate curves and he now manages $700 million.

On what Hendry owns currently:

"In the next 12 months, we'll see further pathological swings in investor sentiment. Despite my reservations, I'm modestly long equity-market futures, some nonindustrial commodities, and some bullish fixed-income positions. We are very bullish agricultural commodities and agricultural equities, and hold a global basket of businesses—with interests ranging from fertilizer to farm equipment."

His hedge fund has established a bearish Japanese bet by buying protection on steel names and businesses sensitive to the yen. He's also bought credit protection on the shipping industry in Japan such as Mitsui OSK (TYO:9104).

Additionally, Hendry mentioned he's got protection on companies levered to the global economy such as Sumitomo (TYO:8053) and Marubeni (TYO:8002).

To see what else he's been up to, be sure to check out the rest of Hendry's interview at Barron's.

And for more on this hedgie, be sure to read Hendry's past views on hyperdeflation; something he's still talking about these days.

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