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Surviving with a defensive game

Globe and Mail – Hedge fund manager Eric Sprott heaps praise on his "defensive team" for helping him survive this bear market.

While some of his peers have cratered amid this year’s stock market crash, his short positions have kept him well ahead of his benchmark index.

For the first 11 months of this year, the returns of Sprott Bull/Bear RSP and Sprott Hedge LP I and II range from an 8.5-per-cent gain to a 4.5-per-cent loss compared with the S&P/TSX composite’s sharp 33-per-cent slide.

"The reason we started our first Canadian hedge fund in 2000 was because we foresaw this very, very difficult market," recalls Mr. Sprott, also chief executive officer of Toronto-based Sprott Inc.

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