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Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund: 5 months after the departure of mutual fund manager Steve Martin

Back on February 2, 2010, Shirley Won from the Globe and Mail had announced that Steve Martin, one of the managers of the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund, was leaving Creststreet Asset Management Ltd. At the time, when I learned that Steve Martin was leaving the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund behind, I decided to do the same thing. And it appears it was the correct thing to do.

Back than, I was holding 29.229 units of Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund – Class A. I was able to sell the fund, making a profit of 100$ after commission. Originally, it’s 1 000$ that I had invested in the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund. On date of today, the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund had lost in value. You could blame the TSX points loss of Friday, but I had been checking on Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund quite often since Steve Martin departure and ever since, the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund had loss in value. Not that much, but still. The fund may not be able to reach 142% annual gain ever again without Steve Martin.

Just verify the graphic from February 2010 to today for yourself… All the way down. In January, when Steve Martin was still a manager of the Creststreet Alternative Energy Fund, the fund had reached its highest point, reaching a value of more than 43$ per unit. Can you simply imagine what could had happened if Steve Martin would had remained at Creststreet? The units could have reached the value of 45$ by now, making me even richer… Interesting isn’t? Steve Martin was that of a good mutual fund manager. Wonder what he does now.

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