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Former Voyant, Gradient Analytics shorting expert Matt Kliber plans new fund

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Kliber is known for his research on companies for hedge funds and other money managers; tangled with Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne.

Matt Kliber is a rare short expert in an industry full of managers who frequently focus more on the long side of their long/short strategies. For most of his career, Kliber dug into overpriced companies for brand name hedge funds and others at two research firms, Voyant Advisors and Gradient Analytics.

Now, he’s starting his own hedge fund firm dedicated to shorting. Kliber’s new venture, Gracian Capital in San Diego, will launch November 1 with two analysts, former Voyant employees Katherine Lock and Ahmad Rashidi. Morgan Stanley will be its prime broker, with management and performance fees of