Jim Chanos

  • 23 Oct 2014 at 4:48 PM

Bill Ackman Is Onto You!

"This guy back stage knows what I'm talking about"The interview began at 2 p.m., and [Jim] Grant went straight after the elephant in the room — the Valeant-Allergan deal. “May I call you Bill, or do you prefer ‘Alpha’?” Grant asked playfully before launching into a series of questions. Before we go any further into this story, you should know that short-seller Jim Chanos, CEO of Kynikos Associates, was sitting in the crowd. Chanos is famously short Valeant. He says it is an accounting rollup that lacks organic growth. Ackman knew Chanos was in the crowd, because during the lunch lecture (about 20 minutes before Ackman’s interview), Chanos asked a question in front of everyone present. Now, back to Ackman’s interview. As Grant asked the same questions about Valeant-Allergan that critics have been asking for months — “Does the company actually make money?” “Does Valeant overpay for its acquisitions?” “Doesn’t it need to spend money on R&D?” — Ackman started to bristle a bit. Suddenly, he turned toward Grant. “Are you short because your daughter is working for Jim Chanos?” he asked pointedly. [BI]

Like the Pershing Square chief, the Kynikos Associates founder is long Botox. The similarities end there. Read more »

The former Goldman Sachs Asset Management chief’s—and Jim Chanos neighbor’s and beach bum’s—work at Apollo Global Management is done. Read more »

One thing everyone can agree on in the short term is dealing with the fiscal cliff. Chanos, who has asked Republicans to be more specific with their plans to raise revenues. “It’s all well and good to say ‘I want to lower rates or at least not raise them and I want to close loopholes.’ My answer is, which ones? Be specific, please. List them in order,” he said. Once you start going to things like mortgage interest deductions or charitable contributions, you begin to realize that tears the economic fabric in other ways. How about we start with carried interest? No one seems to want to put that on the table. What about corporations accruing but not paying their federal taxes by keeping their profits offshore?” [AR]

What do top financial services employees think of the month-long protests headquartered in Zucotti Park, which took over Times Square over the weekend? So far the most vocal people have expressed support for the movement, like Jim Chanos, who said, “New York is so finance-centric that people here underappreciate the reaction of the rest of the country” and that OWS shouldn’t be underestimated; Larry Fink, who told reporters, “I believe we should not turn our backs on these protests…Maybe we will get some balance”; Jamie Dimon, who told those listening to the JPM conference on Thursday, “I do vaguely remember the First Amendment that it is legal to demonstrate and it is completely fine. You should listen and not just have a knee-jerk reaction”; and Vikram Pandit, who in addition to saying that “trust has been broken between financial institutions and the citizens of the US,” told protesters he’d love to chat over the phone. With the exception of John Paulson, however, who last week issued a statement telling protesters to 1) beat it and 2) thank their lucky stars that as the founder of a ‘most successful business‘, he chose to set up shop in New York, most financiers with less then charitable feelings have kept their feelings to themselves, fearing retribution from the anti-Wall Street group. Until now. Read more »

  • 11 Oct 2011 at 5:47 PM

Jim Chanos Suggests New Yorkers Wake Up

Jim Chanos, founder of New York- based hedge fund Kynikos Associates, said New Yorkers don’t appreciate the impact the government bank bailouts have had on other U.S. citizens. “New York is so finance-centric that people here underappreciate the reaction of the rest of the country,” Chanos said today in an interview in New York. “People are angry, they feel the game is rigged, that they didn’t get their fair shake.” Chanos, 53, who was born in Milwaukee, said the “disjointed” nature of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, which started last month in New York’s financial district and spread to cities such as Washington and Seattle, shouldn’t be underestimated because protests in the sixties started in a similar way. [Bloomberg]

Related, the Rogers grandchildren may or may not want to request grandpa’s coin collection, rather than what he’s earmarked for them, should their opinions of China be more in line with those of Jim Chanos. Read more »