Launches & Closures Hedge Funds

Axonic launches mortgage fund with $150 million

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Former Goldman Sachs mortgage trader and Army Captain Clay DeGiacinto is hungry to take advantage of a still tumultuous housing market.

Structured credit shop Axonic Capital has launched with $150 million and hopes to raise as much as $1 billion from investors seeking to profit from continued uncertainty in the U.S. mortgage market.

Founder and chief investment officer Clay DeGiacinto was most recently portfolio manager for a structured products fund at Tower Research Capital, a quantitative hedge fund in New York. DeGiacinto ran Split Level at Tower, a private investment fund that used the same strategy—and proprietary analytic tools—planned for Axonic. According to a pitch book obtained by AR, Spilt Level gained 25.40% net of fees in