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    Goldman Sachs Suggests NYTimes Sleep With One Eye Open

    On Tuesday afternoon, an article appeared over at the Times that referred to Lloyd Blankfein as the “former” CEO of Goldman Sachs. As Blankfein is very much the current chief executive, a correction was issued. …teeing the bank up for the deployment of some corporate Twitter account sass.

    / Apr 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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    Prince Alwaleed Not As Pleased As You Might Think To Be Associated With A ”Diamond-Encrusted Mercedes-Benz”

    Here a list of things Prince Alwaleed has no problem being associated with: A net worth of 30, and not 20, billion dollars Keeping numerous framed photos of himself in his office Going all Single White Female on Warren Buffett’s ass Matching his outfit to his horse Texting world leaders in the middle of the […]

    / Feb 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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    The Phantom Bitcoin Investor

    “Famed Trader” Joe Lewis was briefly a major backer—to the tune of $200 million—of the digital currency, except that he wasn’t.

    / Aug 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM
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    New York Times Finds A Weird Way To Kick Steve Cohen When He’s Down

    As you may have heard, things have not been going tremendously well for Steve Cohen of late. Two days before Thanksgiving, the government went public with its case against a former SAC Capital employee, Mathew Martoma, who it accused of masterminding the largest insider trading scheme ever. Cohen was neither charged nor mentioned by name in the criminal complaint, but he did make an appearance playing the role of “Portfolio Manager A,” a part we have previously mentioned one does not want to portray, if it can be avoided. Then on Wednesday, it was disclosed that SAC had received a Wells notice, indicative of the SEC’s plan to sue the fund and if that wasn’t enough, sources also claimed investigators are considering naming Cohen personally in the suit, to boot. So things are not exactly going his way right now and what he could really use is a break. The government dropping all charges against Martoma and publicly stating it will stay out of the Big Guy’s business forever starting right this second seems out of the question but even some small act of kindness would probably help. Allowing him to pass you on 95. Telling him he looks nice today. Asking, “Have you been working out?” Sending him humorous YouTube videos with a sweet note like, “Hang in there, bud. You’re in my thoughts…”

    On the flip side, you know what he doesn’t need? Wildly libelous claims that it’s going to take a lot more than a “Correction” to forgive.

    / Nov 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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    Mike Corbat’s Wife Is Gal-Pals With The Wife Of One Of The Guys Abruptly Fired The Day He Was Named CEO, And Other Things Making His First 100 Days At The Top Awkward

    Over at the Journal today you will find a story called “Awkward Spot For Citi’s CEO,” which details the various awkwardness encountered by Mike Corbat since he took over as Chief Executive Officer, following Vikram Pandit’s awkward ousting. There is also a delightful bonus round of awkwardness that comes as a postscript to the article, but we’ll get the that later. First, why are things slightly awk for Corbat?

    Well, for starters, he knew that Pandit was going to be unexpectedly and unceremoniously fired long before VP did, including the entire time they were on a business trip together. The whole time they were flying over there together, having dinner together, meeting with clients together, taking in shows and doing touristy things when they had downtime from the conference together, he knew Pandit was about to get hit by a truck. No one blames Corbat for Vickles getting canned but, at the same time, there is a feeling by a few at Citi that you’d have to be some kind of monster to look a person in the eye and say “Sure, a trip the the Zen Temples sounds great,” and take in the cherry blossoms and drink sake and do karaoke and fight over who is Scarlett Johansson and who is Bill Murray with him all the while knowing what was going to happen when you got home.

    For Vikram Pandit, a trip to Tokyo for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank conference last month seemed routine. But Michael Corbat, the longtime Citigroup executive who joined Mr. Pandit there, knew better. Unbeknown to Mr. Pandit, Citigroup Chairman Mike O’Neill had told Mr. Corbat that the board could seek Mr. Pandit’s resignation as chief executive and hand the job to Mr. Corbat, according to people familiar with the situation. A day after Messrs. Pandit and Corbat returned to New York, that is exactly what happened. A host of financial, competitive and regulatory issues confronts the 52-year-old Mr. Corbat atop the nation’s third-biggest bank by assets. But no task is more critical than soothing workers unsettled by the way the board ousted Mr. Pandit and his longtime right-hand man, John Havens, who ran the investment bank and served as president and chief operating officer. The effort is made even more delicate by Mr. Corbat’s proximity to Mr. Pandit in the days before the coup. Executives say they don’t blame Mr. Corbat for Mr. Pandit’s overthrow, though some wondered how Mr. Corbat was able to sit through the IMF meetings knowing what was to unfold.

    Additionally awkward is the fact that there has been chatter around the office and scrawled on the walls of the men’s room that there’s only enough room in this Citi for one guy named Mike, and it’s not Corbat.

    Adding to Mr. Corbat’s challenges is the perception among some insiders that he is overshadowed by Mr. O’Neill. Employees have privately joked that of the two Mikes, it is Mr. O’Neill who is truly in charge. People close to Mr. O’Neill dispute that notion and say he has spent little time at his Citigroup office in the past month.

    Finally, you have the awkwardness of Mike not only knowing his colleague Vikram was going to be fired, but that his colleague and friend, John Havens, was getting the boot himself, which may or may not have caused auxiliary awkwardness for Corbat on the home front.

    Mr. Corbat’s position is all the more awkward given his close personal relationship with Mr. Havens. The two men spent time together outside of work, occasionally vacationing with their wives at Mr. Havens’ Scotland estate.

    All good examples of things that could be characterized as awkward to be sure. But! The absolute most wonderful bit of awkwardness to be found in “Awkward Spot For Citi’s CEO,” is, without question, this:

    / Nov 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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    Accuracy Is Important

    The article entitled “What Really Happened to Strauss-Kahn,” by Edward Jay Epstein, which appeared in our December 22, 2011, issue, contained a description of what “looked like” a “dance of celebration” by two employees of the Hotel Sofitel in New York City at approximately 1:35 PM on the day that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in […]

    / Dec 7, 2011 at 1:46 PM
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    You People Would Like That, Wouldn’t You?

    “Corrections & Amplifications MF Global acknowledged to federal regulators that it had diverted funds out of customer accounts, and a federal official said the move is possibly in violation of the law. An earlier version of this article incorrectly implied that MF Global had admitted the move violated the law.” [WSJ]

    / Nov 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    Steve Eisman To Threaten Proxy Battles Over The Phone From His Perch At FrontPoint For Years To Come

    Earlier today, it was suggested that Steve Eisman was “weighing” leaving FrontPoint Partners, after he told the Journal, “At this point in my career, I want to have more control over my destiny.” Apparently the speculation was way off base, forcing Steve-o to clarify his statement.

    / Jan 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    Correction: Investment Manager’s Car Was Airborn For Forty-Five Feet Before Crash Landing And Driver Does Remember *One* Thing From That Night

    Yesterday we learned the extraordinary story of private equity guy Russell Stildolph, left, and his flying Porsche. At the time, we asked you to estimate how fast the Norwalk resident got his 911 Carrera up to before launching it 35 feet in the air and parking/crashing on the lawn of a woman not expecting to […]

    / Jan 6, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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    Bonus Watch ’10: UBS

    Last Friday, a junior rainmaker at the house tax evasion built suggested a raw deal was being dealt to first years re: bonuses, with top buckets taking home $55k. Today, one of his colleagues suggest such is not the case.

    / Jul 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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    UPDATE: Tim Geithner Is IN NO WAY LOBBYING FOR BEN BERNANKE’S JOB, Making Jokes At Bernanke’s Expense, Says Treasury

    Earlier this morning, during Tim Geithner’s appearance on the Hill to discuss the Obama administration’s plan to overhaul financial regulations, Senator Corker referred to Timbo as “Mr. Chairman.” Geithner responded, “I’m not ‘Mr. Chairman.’ Yet.” Because we are prone to giant leaps in logic, making mountains out of molehills, and going to a place in […]

    / Jun 18, 2009 at 12:35 PM

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