Greenwich Time – The Greenwich-based Viking hedge fund group run by Andreas Halvorsen started a new fund to focus on buying stocks after selling them short became more risky.
Viking Long Fund LP began trading last month after initially raising about $80 million, the firm said in a Jan. 15 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Halvorsen, a former protege of hedge-fund manager Julian Robertson at Tiger Management LLC — making him a so-called "Tiger cub" — oversees about $9.5 billion at Viking Global Investors LP in Greenwich.
The new fund avoids selling stocks short, which is a departure from Viking’s long-short strategy of trying to make money regardless of the market’s direction. In an October letter to investors, Halvorsen said the scope for expansion is much greater for buying stocks than for selling them with the expectation of further drops.