John Petry is another relatively unknown hedge fund manager who has consistently managed to achieve alpha returns in any market condition.

Petry’s weighted average return was a phenomenal 205% in the past year, including 22% gains in 2017.

John Petry’s Sessa Capital disproves the view that the hedge fund industry is unable to generate alpha returns and is in a crisis.

Some of the top-performing funds are small. Moreover, they don’t get much media coverage because they are big fish swimming in a small pond unlike the hedge fund moguls with multi-billion funds under management.

So the industry’s titans with big “names” (the big fish swimming in a big pond) get all the financial media coverage and attract more capital despite their mediocre performance.

John Petry earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

John Petry started his career in finance serving as an Associate in Corporate Finance and Private Equity at Conning and Company from 1993 to 1995.

He was a consultant for a Special Advisor of FMG Acquisition Corp. John Petry was also a Board Member of the Success Charter Network. He then worked as a Research Analyst at Opus Capital from 1995 to 1997.

John Petry became a Partner at Gotham Capital from July 1997 to October 2010 and he also served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Investment Principal at Columbus Hill Capital Management LP from November 2010 to February 2012.

In 2012, November John Petry founded Sessa Capital.

John Petry had a weighted average return of a phenomenal 205% in the past year, including 22% gains in 2017.

INVESTMENT STYLE

John Petry is a value investor which generally involves buying securities that are underpriced by some form of fundamental analysis.

The idea is that there’s a lot of stuff on the internet and a lot of it’s not very good, so I and my partner started the site about a decade ago to try and just limit it to really high quality – John Petry

LEARNING RESOURCES

John Petry co-founded the website, Value Investors Club, which is a place where people post different investment ideas.

Petry told Business Insider that they came up with the idea more than ten years ago because they had difficulty finding high-quality investment idea write-ups and thoughtful analysis online.

“The idea is that there’s a lot of stuff on the internet and a lot of it’s not very good, so I and my partner started the site about a decade ago to try and just limit it to really high quality” said John Petry in a telephone interview.

Members ship of the Value Investors Club is selective. There’s a “very rigorous” application process to obtain membership, he added.

We have several hundred members” he said. “We don’t want to have a lot. We aren’t trying to gather a lot of members — just really good members for the site.” All investment ideas posted on the site are rated on a scale of 1 to 10 with the latter being the highest.

“Everyone on the site is anonymous” he said, “It’s a true meritocracy.”

Value Investors Club provides investors with a fountain of investment ideas that could yield dividend in the medium long-term.

We have several hundred members (of the Value Investors Club). We don’t want to have a lot. We aren’t trying to gather a lot of members, just really good members for the site – John Petry

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TRADING SOFTWARE

Dan Loeb targets Sony. Dan Loeb is an activist investor and founder of Third Point, which oversees about $14.5 billion in assets.

Last year the activist investor viewed Campbell soup as a bargain when Third point reported that the soup maker could fetch a takeover value of $52 to $58 per share.

A year later and the activist investor Dan Loeb targets Sony

Dan Loeb's activist hedge fund Third Point is raising an investment vehicle to generate between $500 million and $1 billion so it can continue to buy Sony shares, according to a recent report in Reuters.