Credit Suisse takes hit from hedge fund; warns of ‘significant’ losses

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LONDON – Credit Suisse warned Monday of a “highly significant” decline in its first quarter results after starting exiting positions in a large US hedge fund that defaulted on margin calls last week.

In a trading update prior to the market opening, the Zurich-based lender announced that a number of other banks were also affected and had begun to leave their positions with the unnamed company.

“While it is premature at this point to quantify the exact size of the loss from this exit, it could be very significant and material to our first quarter results despite the positive trends announced in our trade balance earlier this month.” , so Credit Suisse said.

The bank added that it would provide another update on the matter “in due course”.

A margin call occurs when a broker demands that an investor deposit more money into a margin account (which allows them to put money borrowed from the broker) in order to bring it down to a minimum required amount. The investor must then either pay into the account or sell part of the assets held in it.

The latest developments have been recorded for Credit Suisse in a turbulent 18 months. Earlier this month, the bank announced a restructuring of its wealth management business and a suspension of bonuses to contain the damage from the collapse of UK supply chain finance firm Greensill Capital.

Credit Suisse’s wealth management unit held $ 10 billion in corporate funds and discovered that some investors had threatened legal action.

Meanwhile, in February 2020, former CEO Tidjane Thiam resigned after a spy scandal that swept the bank in 2019. Thiam claimed he was unaware of the surveillance of two former colleagues, including the late asset management chief Iqbal Khan.

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