Archive for March 2011

  • 31 Mar 2011 at 6:45 PM

Write-Offs: 03.31.11

$$$ Libya-Owned Bank Drew at Least $5 Billion From Fed‎ [Bloomberg]

$$$ In testimony on Thursday, former Galleon portfolio manager Adam Smith acknowledged that the hedge fund had been awash with speculation about a possible merger of chipmakers Advanced Micro Devices and ATI Technologies months before the announcement of a $5.4 billion deal on July 24, 2006. But Smith said: “The speculation was public. The fact that it was happening was not public.” [Reuters]

$$$ Falcone-backed telecom hires Ed “We’re a nation of wusses” Rendell to lobby for LightSquared [Reuters]

$$$ “We need to get the owners of banks to behave like they own them. Institutions are turning over their bank shares every six months or so. They don’t consider themselves owners. I think we should get capital requirements up in the future but allow them to grow at the moment, and in the meantime make sure shareholders own shares for longer and engage with management. The job of policing management shouldn’t be left to the government. It should be the owners that do that. But we lost that. Again, maybe we need another tax to make shareholders hang on longer. I would call it the Warren Buffett Tax.” [Fortune]

$$$ Moody’s Cuts Tepco’s Credit Rating [WSJ] Read more »

Once, five times, same diff no diff. Read more »

As several of you have pointed out, this whole David Sokol/Lubrizol/Berkshire incident would’ve never been an issue, nor would Sokol have had to resign, if BRK had a similar best bid/charitable donation “tax” policy in place, similar to the one recently instituted at the most majestic hedge fund in all the land. Read more »

If you’re a person who’s living in the past, you were probably very excited to hear that the Federal Reserve would today be releasing secret loan documents detailing who was in some trouble several years ago and who was in some big trouble, in case you were unable to hazard a guess. The Fed originally wasn’t going to share any information, having denied Bloomberg’s request for the details almost three years ago, but was forced to do so under court order. They really didn’t want to but after the Supreme Court said last month they must, everyone came around and said you know what? Sure thing. Happy to do it. You want documents? You’re gonna get ‘em. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Read more »

  • 31 Mar 2011 at 2:57 PM

Mohamed El-Erian: Bring On The Taxes

According to the PIMCO CEO: “Bill [Gross] and I–we do not consider ourselves elite. In fact, we’d like to be taxed more. I said this even before the Middle East started: It is not in the interest of any society for income inequality to keep on going up. It is in everybody’s interest to avoid the extremes.” Read more »

The SEC has put out a statement that the regulator does not view the David Sokol/Berkshire Hathaway/Lubrizol incident as an “urgent matter” in need of their attention, according to the Journal.

  • 31 Mar 2011 at 2:03 PM

Let’s Do Warren Buffett A Solid

As you may have heard, yesterday afternoon Warren Buffett announced the resignation of top lieutenant David Sokol, thought to be the frontrunner to take over Berkshire Hathaway when Buffett retires. In his statement, Buffett disclosed that Sokol bought himself a bunch of shares of Lubrizol before suggesting Berkshire make an investment, which they ultimately did. Buffett says to his knowledge nothing “unlawful” happened, though he’s more than likely a little pissed that Sokol’s actions have resulted in 9,197 stories in the last 12 hours about whether or not “the Berkshire brand has been damaged.” Other than yesterday’s press release, Buffett hasn’t made any further statements on the matter. He probably will feel the need to at some point but at this time may himself not even know what to say. He’s struggling for the words and could use some help. Well help is on the way. Read more »