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Hedge fund star Jean-Francois Tardif comes out of retirement to launch fund

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

In 2009, Jean-François Tardif retired from Sprott Asset Management as one of the top hedge fund managers in the industry. Since then, he has been living a quieter life in Canada. Now, he is coming out of retirement and has been hired by Toronto-based First Asset Investment Management Inc. to run a new closed-end hedge fund.

The fund will list on the Toronto exchange in May. The new fund - JFT Strategies Fund will be Long/Short Equities based. First Asset Management has approximately $2.6bn in total assets in addition to the new fund. Tardif has also launched his own firm - Timelo Investment Management Inc.

"The Fund’s investment objective is to maximize return on investment to holders of units while seeking to mitigate market risk and volatility by investing in an actively managed portfolio of long and short positions in any one or a combination of equities, debt securities or other financial instruments," First Asset said in a statement.

According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, local observers expect that the fund will be managed similarly to his fund at Sprott which invested in a wide variety of different opportunities. At Sprott, Mr. Tardiff managed $420m in assets.

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