Some people say that the Fed is the problem. That they’ve become drunk with their own power and are messing things up for everyone. That the stimulus and low interest rates are setting us up for Armageddon.
Ray Dalio is not one of those people. He’s put the Fed’s efforts through a rigorous, Principle-d examination, and come to the obvious, radically true conclusion: Janet Yellen & co. are doing just fine. Read more »
Bridgewater Associates sued Howard Wang and Wenquan “Robert” Wu in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, saying they tried to publicize their newly-formed hedge fund, Convoy Investments, by lying about their former roles at Bridgewater. Bridgewater claims that Wang and Wu tried to pass themselves off as “former key figures responsible for core aspects of Bridgewater’s business,” but “they were nothing of the sort.” Bridgewater is asking a federal judge to order Wang and Wu stop misrepresenting their role at Bridgewater and pay the hedge fund firm damages…Bridgewater says that Wang joined Bridgewater in 2008 as an entry-level junior analyst in the client services department that is responsible for managing the hedge fund’s relationships with clients. Wang left in 2012 and Bridgewater says he told the hedge fund “that he intended to pursue ballroom dancing ‘full time as a competitor.’” Wu joined Bridgewater’s internal finance department in 2007 as a software developer, coding software that calculated Bridgewater’s fees. Wu was later transferred to the core tech department at the hedge fund and dealt with discrete coding projects until he left the hedge fund firm in 2010, telling Bridgewater that he was unemployed and traveling, the hedge fund claims. [Forbes]
Howard Wang and Robert Wu are ready to face the kind of radical truth that Bridgewater alums are brought up to face: If their new hedge fund, Convoy Investments, is going to post the kind of gains that make it look more like a mutual fund than old Ray in his glory days, they’ll just have to charge clients as though they were a mutual fund. By which they mean: a management fee several times that charged by the average mutual fund, but no performance fee. Oh, and some feel-good pro bono work. Sign up now (especially if you’re not a charitable organization or one of the 100% of U.S. public pensions that are underwater)! Read more »
Last Friday was the Bridgwater founder’s birthday– did you wish him a happy or even pause to commemorate the moment he came into this world? Or did it go by unnoticed, unremarked? Start thinking now about how you’re going to do better next year. At three-days out, we’ve already missed the window for coming in with a belated phone call or text. Read more »
October 17, 2012: “In addition to a five-story, 850,000-square-foot office, the campus for Bridgewater Associates calls for a helipad, a floating recreational barge, a restored estuary and a marina…Made up of two long, curved buildings joined in the center by bridges and paths, the structure is poised to become the most striking presence on the Stamford coastline. The project’s goal, according to the coastal site plan application, is ‘to house a corporation in an environment that fosters personal interaction and a strong connection to the living world.'” June 27, 2014: “After careful examination and reflection surrounding the challenges, time, energy, and resources needed to bring the proposed Stamford project to completion, we have decided not to proceed with the move.” [AP]