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    Short Seller Ferrets Out Bad Market Characters, Educates Public On Motivations Of Little Known Comic Book Character

    When he’s not exposing Spanish WiFi scams, Gotham City Research founder David Yu offers a rare and unique glimpse into the behaviors of a rarely discussed guy named Batman.

    / Jul 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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    Batman Participated In Archer Ltd’s Earnings Call Yesterday

    You can hear the audio here (Bruce Wayne comes on the line at 35:50), and for those who like to follow along, a transcript:

    / May 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM
  • News

    Greenwich, Connecticut Nobody Threatening To Dethrone Area Hedge Fund Manager As Biggest Middle-Aged Superhero Fan In Town

    Exhibit A:

    Friday morning at AQR, August 10. Cliff Asness glanced pensively at a candy-colored array of Marvel superhero figurines lined up along his east-facing window. Spiderman. Captain America. The Hulk. Iron Man. Comic book heroes of his boyhood days on Long Island.The Quants, by Scott Patterson, page 100.

    On an August morning, Asness walks to his sun-dappled office windowsill and picks up a Captain America action figure. The hedge-fund mogul owns a panoply of action heroes, from the Hulk to the Silver Surfer, and the comic books that spawned them.Bloomberg Markets Magazine, October 7, 2010

    “Hedge funds charge far too much in general by claiming to be geniuses,” says Asness, lounging on a sofa in his corner office, surrounded by foot-high plastic models of comic book heroes.Fortune, December 19, 2011

    As a child, Clifford Scott Asness gave no sign of his future as a Wall Street tycoon. He was born in October 1966 in Queens, New York. When he was four, his family moved to the leafy suburban environs of Roslyn Heights on Long Island. In school Asness received good grades, but his interest in Wall Street didn’t extend beyond the dark towers of Gotham in the pages of Batman. Obsessed with little besides girls and comic books, Asness was a listless teenager, without direction and somewhat overweight. At times he showed signs of a violent temper that would erupt years later when he sat at the helm of his own hedge fund.The Quants, by Scott Patterson, page 12.

    “His super-villains are intellectual dishonesty and ignorance,” says Jonathan Beinner, a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and a former classmate of Asness. “When someone offers an opinion that Cliff feels is incorrect or dishonest, whether it be related to investments, politics or pizza, he feels it is his duty to stand up, even if it’s not in his best interest.” Asness admits to a superhero complex. His favorite Marvel comic book character is Captain America, who gains strength with the help of a secret serum and whose shield can be used as an indestructible weapon. Asness has an image of the shield tattooed on his left arm.Bloomberg Markets Magazine, October 7, 2010

    Exhibit B:

    The above is a rendering of a Batcave that will soon be built in the home of an unnamed Greenwich resident. When it is completed in Novemeber, the spread will include “a Batcomputer, Batmobile, Batsuits, 180 degree film screen, sound effects, gargoyles and even a Bat-themed elevator.” The problem? This guy is not only infringing on Asness’s territory as resident super hero obsessive/aficionado/scholar-in-residence/neighbor who dresses up and role-plays his character of choice but is apparently too cowardly to show his face or reveal his name so that Cliff might confront him. The other problem? Captain America doesn’t have some kind of cool underground lair setup of his own. The only recourse? Someone spends the next couple weeks writing a series of fan fiction that describes his house, and then spends $20 million to have that built.

    Greenwich Resident Building $2 Million Batcave In Home [CTNews]
    Dark Knight superfan spends $2MILLION creating home cinema replica of Bruce Wayne’s cave [DM]

    / Aug 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    Caption Contest Thursday

    Prince William broke the record for the largest foreign currency trade when he joined his father to take part in the ICAP fancy-dress charity day on Wednesday. He joked with one bank: “I have got Batman and Robin standing either side of me… They are very slow here. I have had to come and give […]

    / Dec 9, 2010 at 2:25 PM
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    See If You Can Guess The Tattoo That Appears On Cliff Asness’s Right Forearm

    These are your hints: 1) Asness is currently a Marvel comic book collector, in addition to his duties at AQR Capital 2) As we know from Scott Patterson’s The Quants, as a teenager in on Long Island, Asness was “obsessed with little besides girls and comic books” 3) Also from The Quants, the following image: […]

    / Oct 6, 2010 at 5:19 PM
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    Considering How Many Of You Undoubtedly Harbor Fantasies About Driving This Thing…

    Not saying, LLOYD, just saying LLOYD– it’s parked outside bankruptcy court at 40 Broadway circa now. Just putting it out there.

    / Sep 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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    Asness Thinks New Financial Reform Bill is Ass Backwards

    While Sen. Chris Dodd’s financial reform bill is one giant 1,300 page tome, it’s so vague that almost any financial product known to man will come under its purview. That’ll create the “largest and most powerful crony system in history,” Cliff Asness, comic book collector, and his AQR colleague Aaron Brown write in their latest […]

    / May 13, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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    Cliff Asness’s Boyhood Pursuits: Girls, Comic Books, Beatdowns

    In writing about hedge fund managers and other celebs in the world of finance, sometimes I find myself wondering what these men were like as children, before the billions, and the bitches, and the fleece. I’m pretty sure Ken Griffin carried a briefcase to school starting at the age of 5, and the 12 year-old […]

    / Feb 1, 2010 at 2:15 PM
  • White Collar Crime

    Bruce Wayne: Your Typical Self-Dealing Corporate Chieftain Lionized By Wall Street

    Yesterday we explained that Bruce Wayne–who fights street crime and evil clowns by night–has all the markings of a corporate criminal. We even went so far as to explain that Wayne seems like exactly the “better class of criminal” that his nemesis The Joker claims Gotham City deserves. Some of you fanboys disagreed! But it […]

    / Jul 22, 2008 at 8:42 AM
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    The Dark Knight: A Better Class Of Criminal?

    “This town deserves a better class of criminal,” Heath Ledger announces as the Joker in the new Batman film, Dark Knight. The caped crusader, police captain Jim Gordon and district attorney Harvey Dent set out to stop the Joker. Much of the film is dedicated to exploring what kind of criminal and what kind of […]

    / Jul 21, 2008 at 8:25 AM

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