Preserving capital at Carlson

Thu Oct 30, 2008



While many hedge funds are flailing, Clint Carlson’s conservative approach has left his firm relatively unscathed.


While many hedge funds are flailing, Clint Carlson's conservative approach has left his firm relatively unscathed By Britt Erica Tunick The 16th-floor glass-walled corner office of Carlson Capital's Dallas headquarters provides simultaneous views of the cifty's serene skyline and the firm's hectic trading floor. The room houses all the industry plaques, family photos and towering bookshelves expected in the office of the president, chief investment officer and namesake of a multibillion-dollar hedge fund firm. What it doesn't house is Clint Carlson, who on the day of the firm's 15th anniversary was sitting roughly 10 feet away in front of a multimonitor computer on the trading floor - just as he has every day since he started the firm.

With Carlson Capital's anniversary coming on October 1, 2008, when the markets continued to mimic a runaway roller coaster, that's exactly where he needed to be. "I've been asked for 15 years what keeps...

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