A portion of Icahn’s letter to clients- “I am pleased that our funds have earned gross returns of 33.3% and 15.2% in 2009 and 2010, respectively, as well as returns of approximately 8.7% through February 2011. Despite our losses in 2008, since inception of our funds in late 2004 we have had gross returns of 106.9%.

While it may sound “corny” to some, the losses that were incurred by investors in our funds in 2008 bothered me a great deal more, in many respects, than my own losses. Perhaps this is because over the years I have become inured to dealing with large “paper” losses for myself. During 2008 and part of 2009, unlike many other funds, we did not impose “gates” on our investors that would have prevented them from withdrawing capital from our funds if they chose to do so. Therefore investors seeking liquidity did withdraw a fair amount of cash from our funds. Additionally, rather than liquidating positions that we believed in, we infused our own new capital into our funds which provided cash for withdrawing investors. As a result, fee paying assets now constitute only 25% ($1.76 billion) of total assets in the funds of approximately $7 billion.

While we are not forecasting renewed market dislocation, this possibility cannot be dismissed. Given the rapid market run-up over the past 2 years and our ongoing concerns about the economic outlook, and recent political tensions in the Middle East, I do not wish to be responsible to limited partners through another possible market crisis. After careful consideration of all relevant factors, we have determined to return all fee paying capital to investors.”


Saint Mary’s Gaels

Just returned from Vegas where the Gaels men and women lost both championship games to Gonzaga – virtual home games for the Bulldogs. Both of our teams had outstanding years. We have been very fortunate to witness and root for the Gaels during this extended run of winning basketball.

It will be interesting to see the rivalry of fan bases between BYU and the Zags next year. By Monday 2012 championship night, if any other two teams are in the final- it will be as quiet as a Tuesday afternoon practice, sneakers squeaking, coaches voices resonating throughout the near vacant stands. I’m looking forward to the Gales playing USF !

Zags women- what an absolute clinic- for the entire WCC season. They are so strong in all facets of team ball, I hope they strongly represent our conference by going deep into the NCAA tourney.