The Tell: Hedge-fund billionaire raises cash to prepare for potential ‘market meltdown’

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Two years ago, Paul Singer warned the global financial system was in bad shape and investors were facing the possibility of a big market drop.

With that, the billionaire behind the $38.3-billion Elliot Management fund, raised about $5 billion in one day in preparation for “all hell to break loose.”

He reportedly put a big chunk of that to work in the first half of this year.

Well, there’s been plenty of volatile stretches since he raised that cash, but stocks have recovered and are once again bouncing around record highs. Nevertheless, according to the Financial Times, Singer is tapping investors for another $5 billion in anticipation of a “market meltdown.”

Here he is talking about his bearish forecast at a panel in Aspen last summer, when he said “The global financial system is very much toward the risky end of the spectrum in terms of debt”:

Singer’s fund is up almost 5% this year, the FT reported.

Earlier this month, AT&T T, +0.13% shares surged to an 18-month high after Singer, who had purchased a $3.2 billion stake in the company, outlined his plan to boost the stock by more than 65% in less than two years.

At last check, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.26%  , Nasdaq COMP, -1.13% and S&P 500 index SPX, -0.53% were all trading higher on Monday afternoon.