All in, the losses from FX come to $16.5B. The fund has reserves of about $50b, so the quarterly swing is not a crisis, but it's an eye-opener. 30+% of those reserves went out the window in one Q. Wow! 

The fund in question has a strong capital base and loyal investors. But the management will have to explain to those investors how it managed to lose such a large percentage of its "cushion" in such a short period of time. Those investors will, no doubt, ask the very pertinent question: "Why is the fund making such big FX bets?"


So who is it that is running such a big FX book? And who are the investors that are on such a wild ride? That would be the Swiss National Bank. The "investors" are the Swiss people.

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