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If you’re going to commit financial fraud, you probably don’t want to find yourself sitting at a table across from David Einhorn, who will know what you’re up to and share it with the world. Similarly, if you’ve never played poker and have only ever had a 15 minute tutorial on the game, you probably should avoid playing with the Greenlight Capital founder, whose vastly superior skills will demonstrate just how much you suck. As I like to live on the edge, yesterday in an undisclosed location, I choose not to heed the wisdom of the latter. Over several hands, Einhorn and I discussed the new edition of his 2008 book, “Fooling Some Of The People, All Of The Time.”
The latest version includes an epilogue, and concludes the story of Allied and Einhorn’s years of trying to get other people to listen when he said something was up. As we now know, Allied’s shares collapsed, Greenlight collected $35 million, and the hedge fund made another big (and correct) call on a bank called Lehman Brothers, whose failure was, according to Einhorn, “the Allied story all over again,” just on a bigger scale, with more resounding consequences. Even after the last crisis, which should have been a wake-up call, Einhorn doesn’t think we’ve changed much and if anything, the reforms passed only “encourage poor behavior and will likely foster an even bigger crisis.” He and I chatted about that exciting event, Quantitative Easing, Steve Eisman’s illicit pleasure of choice and more, plus poker tips for people who really, really need them.**
BL: You mentioned an unexpected and tremendous response from readers of the book the first time around. What’s the craziest piece of fan mail you’ve gotten- has anyone sent you their undergarments in the mail?
DE: [laughs] No, do you think they should?
DE: You’re hysterical.
BL: I mean, people do that. Musicians, rock stars get sent that sort of stuff. You’re like a rock star…of investing.
DE: Well, the thing is, my following [for the most part] is with 20 to 35 year old men. So, you know. I definitely don’t want their undergarments. Read more »
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Money Manager Bruce Berkowitz Was Just Kidding When He Said He Wants People To Tell Him When/Why He’s WrongBy Bess Levin
As you may have heard, at the Value Investing Congress on Wednesday, David Einhorn revealed (in a 139-slide PowerPoint presentation) that he and Greenlight Capital are shorting real-estate developer St. Joe Co. This was at odds with investor Bruce Berkowitz who, through Fairholme Capital Management, owns a 29 percent stake in the company (having purchased an additional 0.1% following Einhorn’s presentation). When asked by audience members about taking the other side of the trade, Einhorn, because he has manners, said that he had sent Berk a letter stating his intent to short St. Joe, and asked if the two could debate the issue, which Bruce never responded to and as recently as today, Berkowitz told Reuters, “Why would I want to talk to him?”
Which is interesting! Given that less than two months ago, Berkowitz said this: Read more »
St. Joe Co Stakeholder Bruce Berkowitz Thrilled That David Einhorn Is Shorting St. Joe, Wants To Do Something Really Nice For Him In ReturnBy Bess Levin
“If we were able, we would buy the whole company,” Berkowitz told Reuters’ Aaron Pressman. Einhorn “has put a big spotlight on this company. My advice is everyone should enjoy it and take advantage of it…I want to send him a box of chocolates,” Berkowitz told Reuters’ Aaron Pressman. “This is the kind of advertising you just can’t buy. The company should hold a David Einhorn Memorial Investment Week.”