Hedge Funds

John Paulson Has Had Better Days

Between a rock and a hard place.Also better weeks/months/years. Read more »

michaelsteinberg1Last December, SAC Capital portfolio manager Mike Steinberg was found guilty on one court of conspiracy and four counts of securities fraud. In May, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, despite asking for leniency on account of the fact that he once raised money for a friend’s organ transplant with a bake sale. So, you might expect a guy in his position to be feeling pretty glum these days and pretty pessimistic about his prospects, particularly those of the professional variety. Yet, on the contrary, Steinberg is actually exhibiting signs of a man not just walking on sunshine but downright bullish about his career trajectory. In addition to appealing his sentence, the ex-SAC manager is already making plans to dive back into the investing game, ASAP. Read more »

Hedge funds are shutting at a rate not seen since the financial crisis, as many managers post disappointing returns and the largest players dominate money raising…In the first half of the year, 461 funds closed, Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research Inc. said. If that pace continues, it will be the worst year for hedge fund closures since 2009, when there were 1,023 liquidations. [Bloomberg]

So how can hedge funds have more than half their money in stocks and still return, at best, about one-tenth the S&P500? It’s simple, really: Read more »

point72 asset management Over the last several years, as nearly a dozen former SAC Capital employees have been convicted of securities violations, the firm has taken many steps to redefine its image, from one of a bastion of insider trading to one where such actions are not only frowned upon but strictly prohibited. Such steps include but are not limited to: paying over $1 billion in fines; changing its name; and turning itself into a family office. Last month, Point72 Asset Management, AKA the hedge fund formerly known as SAC, even went so far as to announce that it would be monetarily compensating employees for “setting a proper tone and example on compliance and doing the right thing.” You’d think that all of these things– including the fact that a whole bunch of ex-SAC employees are doing time– would go far to deter people currently working at the hedge fund from engaging in insider trading. And yet, someone in Stamford apparently thought it was necessary still to take away one final temptation from them. Read more »

  • 13 Nov 2014 at 4:09 PM

Dan Loeb Channels His Inner Steven Spielberg

danloebthirdpoint-260x195As many of you know, Dan Loeb is something of a pioneer in the activist investing industry. Sure, there were others doing it before him, but he made a name for himself when it came to the art of disemboweling his targets via pen and paper. And while he continues to send various public company CEOs and their boards his trademark letters (all of which include a potent, poetic blend of sarcasm, self-regard, belittling attacks on management competence, and lengthy prescriptions for change), Loeb is not content to sit on his laurels vis-à-vis fucking up the universes of his objects of scorn, or to get left behind in the 20th century of activist investing. In April 2012, he debuted a blog exclusively devoted to his proxy battle against Yahoo– the first of its kind!– and today, he’s unveiled his latest reinvention of the wheel: a short film about Dow Chemical, complete with ominous music that is sure to haunt your dreams and make the Koch brothers proud. The film is a certain finalist for best picture at the Proxies, an annual awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievement in the hedge fund industry. Read more »

  • 06 Nov 2014 at 3:45 PM

Bill Ackman Doing Alright For Himself This Year

bill_ackman_600x450Herbalife failing to fall off a cliff notwithstanding, the hedge fund manager and his clients have a lot (of money) to smile about. Bonus: it looks like Bill won’t have to bust his ass to find houses to flip in South Florida just yet. Read more »

What makeover show in hell?

What makeover show in hell?

Remember Aubrey Lee Price? Georgian banker who screwed investors out of millions, faked his own death, was on the lam for about 18 months, during which time he set up a grow house in Florida and transformed his look from southern banker to the love child of James Lipton and Dave Navarro? Got caught when some local cops pulled him over for having illegally tinted windows? Today he was sentenced to 30 years in prison and will also be ordered to pay approximately $46 million in restitution. How will he come up with the cash? Oh, he’s got a plan. Read more »