Archive for August 2011

  • 31 Aug 2011 at 6:05 PM

Write-Offs: 08.31.11

$$$ PIMCO launches hedge fund-like “go anywhere” bond fund (WSJ)

$$$ Nouriel Roubini: “We are entering a recession based on my numbers.” (Bloomberg TV)

$$$ David Tepper’s offices were reportedly closed this week due to a loss of electricity. (Opalesque)

$$$ Darren Rovell Gives the World an Insight Into His Hiring Process (Daily Intel) Read more »

  • 31 Aug 2011 at 6:02 PM

Bob Kelly Says Good-Bye To BNY Mellon

Apparently he and the board had a difference of opinion on how the place should be run. Read more »

In his most recent letter to Pershing Square investors, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman dropped a bomb. The fund has added a new star to its portfolio and a big one at that. “In the past, we have made asymmetric investments which are not for hedging purposes, but which also offer large payoffs on relatively modest commitments of capital where we similarly believe that the market has mispriced the probability of a positive outcome,” Bill wrote excitedly. “We recently identified an investment that broadly falls into that category.” What, praytell, would that investment be? Read more »

Rebellion Research is a hedge fund that uses Artificial Intelligence to invest, being of the mind that computers = smart, man = stupid (It’s pretty clear that human beings aren’t improving,” Spencer Greenberg, the brains behind Rebellion’s AI system, has said. “But computers and algorithms are only getting faster and more robust.”) The firm had around $7 million in assets under management as of 2010 and, according to a recent interview, says it has doubled in size in the last year. Whereas other firms would be content to rest on their laurels, skating by on previous success, Team Rebellion is still hungry. Here’s the pitch: Read more »

The Ponz Master apparently emailed Gasparino to tell him as much last night and to let him know that their previously scheduled date? CANCELED. Read more »

LightSquared, the wireless-broadband company owned mostly by Harbinger and its disgruntled former investors has had a good run recently, announcing a spectrum deal with Sprint, helping with Hurricane Irene, and not actually killing anyone yet (that we know of). You might think that it’s well on its way to fulfilling its mission of increasing competition in the wireless broadband industry.

But it’s not enough for the Department of Justice, which today sued to block the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. The DoJ’s suit relies on the conclusion that wireless is basically a 4-party national game (among T, VZ, S, and T-Mobile), and gives short shrift to the notion that smaller regional wireless companies can be counted on to provide competition and limit price gouging by an engorged AT&T. From the complaint:
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With the bridges out in Pittsfield, Vermont, and its 400 residents marooned, Wall Street trader Scott Redler took matters into his own hands: He hired a helicopter and was back home in New Jersey yesterday afternoon. Redler’s family were weekend wedding guests when Hurricane Irene’s heavy rains pushed the Tweed River over its banks, smashing at least 20 homes. With his 65-year-old mother running out of medicine, Redler,’s chief strategist, found a pilot charging $7,000 for the rescue. “I wasn’t going to wait for the state or federal government,” Redler, 38, said yesterday from his mobile phone as he waited for the chopper. “I can’t trust them, because I know I’m not a priority.” [Bloomberg]

From Forbes: “In a 15-page complaint filed in Manhattan’s New York state court earlier this week, Simon accuses his wife, Linda Simon, of hacking into a password-protected Twin Capital computer located in the Simon’s home in Purchase, N.Y. and duplicating the hard-drive. The lawsuit claims that the hacking took place shortly after Simon had vacated the residence in late July and Linda Simon initiated divorce proceedings in New York state court…“Highly confidential financial records, intellectual property, trade secrets, and attorney-client communications were unlawfully stolen,” a court document filed by Twin Capital Management says. “Continued possession and use of the highly confidential materials they stole from Twin Capital is likely to cause substantial damage to Twin Capital.” Simon’s Twin Capital says it is suing for $25 million and the return of all the materials copied from the computer.” Read more »