UPDATE 2-Ackman says Pershing Square down for the year after markets drop

Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:00pm EDT
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By Svea Herbst-Bayliss

BOSTON Aug 26 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor William Ackman, one of last year's best performing hedge fund managers, is now losing money after the recent market plunge wiped out a double-digit gain.

The shift of fortunes shows how much tumbling markets, sparked by sharp declines in Chinese stock prices, have hurt the world's most prominent investors.

"At the date of this report, the year to date investment performance has been erased, and the Company is at a loss position for the year," Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management said in its interim financial statement released to investors on Wednesday afternoon.

Only three weeks ago the New York-based manager had told clients, including state pension funds in Massachusetts and New Jersey, that the fund was up 10.1 percent for the year through the end of July.

Ackman is one of the first major money managers to tell his investors how the market turmoil has hit his firm, but he did not say how much money the fund has lost this year.

He and other hedge fund managers are expected to release monthly performance numbers next week.

Despite the sharp market moves, Pershing Square, which holds only a small number of investments at a time, has "made no meaningful recent changes to (our) current portfolio holdings," Ackman said in the financial statement.   Continued...