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Now that David Ganek’s got a bunch of free time, what with his hedge fund having gone under due to the insider-trading scandal that sent his partner to jail, he realized something: He doesn’t need five bedrooms or the grand entertaining spaces or solid brass bar or to live in Jackie Kennedy’s old digs, especially when he and the missus are getting robbed blind every now and again. Nope, 740 Park just doesn’t do it for Dave and Danielle anymore, so they’ll sell it for twice what they paid nine years ago and grab one of those nice-looking three-bedrooms Jared Kushner is selling down at the Puck Building. Read more »

  • 11 Jul 2014 at 3:44 PM
  • myths

You Want Fun? GOLDMAN SACHS WILL SHOW YOU FUN

Whoever said Goldman Sachs summer internships were all work and no play apparently never experienced the all-access pass to the FunZone that is GS’s Salt Lake City program. We’re talkin’ scavenger hunts and watching the World Cup in a conference room-level fun. We’re talking 6AM runs with colleagues-fun. Read more »

  • 11 Jul 2014 at 12:54 PM

Bitcoin, Now Jersey-Approved

Those institutional investors wanting to play their hand in the fake currency markets without getting a fake wallet now have a genuine, certified, regulated way to do so. Read more »

  • 11 Jul 2014 at 12:21 PM
  • Banks

Goldman Sachs Also Did Not See Germany 7, Brazil 1 Coming

It didn’t see a lot of things coming in this World Cup. And even the things it did see coming (Argentina in the final), it changed its mind on after it did so badly seeing things coming in the group stage. Read more »

Opening Bell: 07.11.14

Cynk Suspended by SEC After No-Member Network’s Surge (Bloomberg)
Cynk Technology Corp., the supposed operator of a social network that caught the attention of the financial world with its skyrocketing stock price, was suspended from trading by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The halt is because of “concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in CYNK’s common stock,” the SEC said today on its website. Judith Burns, a spokeswoman for the agency, declined to comment further. Cynk’s social network appears to have no members, no revenue, no assets and only one employee. The stock-price chart has been the talk of all manner of business blogs and Twitter pundits, from Business Insider to the Wall Street Journal and Zero Hedge, which has called Cynk’s moves “pure madness.”

Wells Fargo’s Profit Edges Up (WSJ)
Wells Fargo reported net income of $5.73 billion, compared with $5.52 billion a year earlier. Per-share earnings, reflecting the payment of preferred dividends, were $1.01 versus 98 cents a year earlier. Revenue slipped 1.5% to $21.07 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected per-share earnings of $1.01 on revenue of $20.84 billion.

Ex-Merrill Lynch Banker Uses Big Data to Save U.K. Pubs (Bloomberg)
The Oxford-educated Bulkin, 37, spent 15 years cutting deals as a mergers & acquisitions banker for Merrill Lynch and Lazard Ltd. before leaving last year to start his own pub company, Hawthorn Leisure Ltd. He’s acquired hundreds of struggling pubs and plans to turn them around by tracking everything from the price charged for beer to daily sales fluctuations to customers’ drink preferences. “Understanding pricing and the mix of drinks is incredibly important,” Bulkin says in an office overlooking Hyde Park in London’s upscale Mayfair district. “A lot of pubs don’t have that data. If you can make them the core of your business, there’s a fantastic opportunity.”

London Seeks New Spenders as Russians Skip $719 Champagne (Bloomberg)
To gauge London’s place in the global economy, you could examine World Bank statistics, canvass investors and analyze trade volumes. Or you could visit Mahiki, a Polynesian-themed nightclub in upmarket Mayfair where a bottle of Cristal Champagne goes for $719 — and Russian customers are being supplanted by revelers from countries including China and Nigeria. “We’re seeing a lot less Russian surnames on the booking sheet,” said Michael Evans, the creative director of the club, where the likes of Rihanna and Prince Harry have been spotted after dark. “It’s very easy to see what’s going on in the world from the markets we attract.”

Rajaratnam acquittal shows indirect insider trading case challenge (Reuters)
The acquittal on Tuesday of the younger brother of convicted hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam suggests prosecutors will have a tougher time pursuing people accused of trading on inside information they received indirectly. Roughly a third of the insider trader defendants charged by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara since 2009 are alleged so-called “remote tippees”. According to prosecutors, in such cases the defendant, or “tippee,” never directly talks to the insider, instead getting information from an intermediary. After the case of former Galleon Group fund manager Rengan Rajaratnam, prosecutors may reevaluate how they build similar cases, said James Cox, a law professor at Duke University.

Gym Teacher, Suspended For Twerking With Students (HP)
Courtney Spruill, who teaches history and PE at Kernan Middle School in Jacksonville was suspended for 15 days without pay on July 1. The tush-shaking tips allegedly occurred in May during a party for the girls’ soccer team that took place at the house of one of the players. Spruill is the team coach. Witnesses at the party told Duval County School Board investigators they saw Spruill drinking vodka and twerking on the players. Investigators also say they reviewed a cellphone video of Spruill getting a lap dance from a student at the party, WPTV TV reports. Read more »

Write-Offs: 07.10.14

$$$ Alibaba Could Kick Off IPO Process by Month’s End [WSJ]

$$$ A group of investors could be ready to save Crumbs Bake Shop, the New York-based cupcake chain that abruptly shut its doors Monday and said it was considering filing for bankruptcy. Marcus Lemonis, a CNBC reality-show host and chief executive of big-box retailer Camping World, is part of an investment group interested in extending financing to Crumbs, CNBC reported Thursday. The investment group could also include Fischer Enterprises, CNBC reports. [WSJ]

$$$ Dov Charney’s Sleazy Struggle for Control of American Apparel [BusinessWeek]

$$$ Steven Cohen’s $98M One Beacon Court PH off the market [The Real Deal]

$$$ John Mayer Was Approached About Doing a Princess Bride Musical [Jezebel] Read more »

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  • 10 Jul 2014 at 5:44 PM

Greg Smith-Lite Wants To Lend You Some Money

Steven Mandis knows what we’re talking about. Read more »


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