Citadel Fired Several Portfolio Managers Prior to Investigations

Citadel Fired Surveyor employees
Citadel Fired Surveyor employees

Ken Griffin’s Citadel fired several portfolio managers and analysts at its Surveyor Capital unit in October.

According to Bloomberg, more than a half-dozen portfolio managers and even more analysts departed the institution in span of five months starting in May.

Coincidentally, employees began to get fired or relocated from the firm a month prior to AMC’s all-time high runup back in June.

But there’s more, and I’m going to break it down below for you.

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13 of 27 portfolio managers fired from Citadel’s firm

Citadel Surveyor

According to Bloomberg, 13 out of 27 portfolio managers who ran their own trading pods were fired from Citadel’s Surveyor unit.

The unit has since hired 10 new portfolio managers.

“Most of the exits were related to performance,” said Zia Ahmed, a spokesperson for the $43 billion firm.

Community, Citadel began to fire its employees prior to AMC’s all-time high runup; they knew something big was coming.

And they continued to fire their managers up until October of last year, moments before investigation announcements occurred.

In 2021, we saw the head of Citadel’s Surveyor Todd Barker resign after 16 years at the hedge fund.

However, the portfolio manager was moved to a different position in the firm meaning he was let go due to the severe losses the hedge fund experienced last year.

Read: Citadel loses billions during ‘meme stock’ rallies

Bloomberg announces Citadel is under investigation

Citadel under investigation

Bloomberg announced earlier this year that Citadel was named as one of the hedge funds under investigation by the Justice Department.

You can read more about it here.

But in short, the DOJ is investigating collusion between hedge funds and banks, ‘short and distort’ campaigns, ‘spoofing’, and other forms of market manipulation.

Short sellers have been highly scrutinized by the retail investor community and public figures such as Ryan Cohen, Jon Stewart, and Elon Musk.

Predatorial strategies in the market have allowed short sellers to gain the higher ground for decades now.

And activists from all around the world are saying enough is enough, the retail community has demanded regulators to step up.

Did hedge funds underestimate retail investors?

Losses in heavily shorted stock cost hedge funds billions of dollars last year

What do you think?

Hedge funds have gotten burned over the last year betting against plays retail investors are going long on.

AMC and GameStop have been two fantastic examples of how short sellers have been affected by the rallies.

And while mainstream media pumps that ‘meme investors’ have dispersed, will that wishful thinking lead to underestimating retail a second time?

Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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  1. Jamie Lane

    Majority of retail investors are pot committed at this point. It has been over a year so what ever money we have invested has since been recouped in other ways. So yes hedge funds are going to be shocked because the moon is our only goal at this point. Itโ€™s principle now.

    • Quinn

      Love it!

    • Frank Nez


  2. Quinn

    We in fact not leaving, we are in fact getting stronger, Webull has 1.52 million followers of AMC, Reddit r/amcstock has over 460,000 followers separate from r/wallstreetbets, utilization has been @ 100% for 30days, OBV is holding steady, #amcnotleaving trends on twitter weekly. Black Swan Event is in the works, history will be made, movies about this will follow, and guess what, weโ€™ll watch it in theaters!

    • Frank Nez


  3. William Brown

    Many more companies have suffered from the wrath of these hedge funds. The short selling and algorithm trading needs to be at minimum regulated.

    • Frank Nez


  4. Frank Nez

    Let’s start a discussion!

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