JWM Partners

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JWM Partners LLC was a hedge fund started by John Meriwether after the collapse of Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) in 1998. LTCM was one of the most spectacular failures of Wall Street, leading to a bailout of around $4 billion that was provided by a consortium of Wall Street banks. Meriwether started the company with initial capital of $250 million with loyal quants and traders like Victor Haghani, Larry Hilibrand, Dick Leahy, Arjun Krishnamachar and Eric Rosenfeld. As of April 2008, the company had around $1.6 billion in management.[1] Eric Rosenfeld left to start his own fund.


The funds posted gains for several years, but in the first quarter of 2008 posted losses, of 14% in the Global Macro Fund, and 31% in the flagship Relative Value Opportunity bond fund.[1] Together with redemptions, this cut the capital base significantly.


The fund claimed to use the same model as LTCM with more rigorous and better risk management. It also claimed a leverage ratio of 15 to 1.


On July 7, 2009 it was announced that the fund would be closed after suffering a loss of 44% in the main fund between September 2007 and February 2009.[2]


  1. ^ a b Boyle, Catherine (2008-04-28). "Job cuts at Meriwether hedge fund". The Times. London. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  2. ^ "Meriwether Said to Shut JWM Hedge Fund After Losses (Update2)". Bloomberg. 2009-07-08.


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