AIG share crash means more pain for top U.S. funds

Reuters – Fidelity Investments’ Harry Lange, manager of its one-time star Magellan fund, made what now looks like a poorly timed move in June: he nearly doubled his holdings of AIG.

Lange, who has already seen other financial bets sour, driving the $35.2 billion (19.6 billion pound) fund down 17.3 percent since July, may be just one of several fund managers to get burned by American International Group Inc’s meltdown.

Though it’s unclear where Magellan’s holding stood when the government launched its $85 billion government bailout of the giant insurer on Tuesday, Lange in June boosted the fund’s holdings of AIG to $865.1 million from $475 million in May.

And that was just a piece of the substantial 5.81 percent stake, or 156 million shares, held by Fidelity, the world’s biggest mutual fund company, as of the end of June, according to Reuters data.

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