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    Franc Surge Forces Swiss To Impose Pizza Delivery Blockade

    This is an actual thing that’s happening.

    / Feb 23, 2015 at 2:50 PM
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    This Is How You Run A Corporate Twitter Account

    [Click to enlarge] Take note, @GoldmanSachs, @jpmorgan, @blackstone. Domino’s Replies to Man Who Claims He Burned His Dick Fucking a Pizza [Gawker]

    / Feb 25, 2014 at 6:17 PM
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    Greenwich, Connecticut Nobody Threatening To Dethrone Area Hedge Fund Manager As Biggest Middle-Aged Superhero Fan In Town

    Exhibit A:

    Friday morning at AQR, August 10. Cliff Asness glanced pensively at a candy-colored array of Marvel superhero figurines lined up along his east-facing window. Spiderman. Captain America. The Hulk. Iron Man. Comic book heroes of his boyhood days on Long Island.The Quants, by Scott Patterson, page 100.

    On an August morning, Asness walks to his sun-dappled office windowsill and picks up a Captain America action figure. The hedge-fund mogul owns a panoply of action heroes, from the Hulk to the Silver Surfer, and the comic books that spawned them.Bloomberg Markets Magazine, October 7, 2010

    “Hedge funds charge far too much in general by claiming to be geniuses,” says Asness, lounging on a sofa in his corner office, surrounded by foot-high plastic models of comic book heroes.Fortune, December 19, 2011

    As a child, Clifford Scott Asness gave no sign of his future as a Wall Street tycoon. He was born in October 1966 in Queens, New York. When he was four, his family moved to the leafy suburban environs of Roslyn Heights on Long Island. In school Asness received good grades, but his interest in Wall Street didn’t extend beyond the dark towers of Gotham in the pages of Batman. Obsessed with little besides girls and comic books, Asness was a listless teenager, without direction and somewhat overweight. At times he showed signs of a violent temper that would erupt years later when he sat at the helm of his own hedge fund.The Quants, by Scott Patterson, page 12.

    “His super-villains are intellectual dishonesty and ignorance,” says Jonathan Beinner, a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and a former classmate of Asness. “When someone offers an opinion that Cliff feels is incorrect or dishonest, whether it be related to investments, politics or pizza, he feels it is his duty to stand up, even if it’s not in his best interest.” Asness admits to a superhero complex. His favorite Marvel comic book character is Captain America, who gains strength with the help of a secret serum and whose shield can be used as an indestructible weapon. Asness has an image of the shield tattooed on his left arm.Bloomberg Markets Magazine, October 7, 2010

    Exhibit B:

    The above is a rendering of a Batcave that will soon be built in the home of an unnamed Greenwich resident. When it is completed in Novemeber, the spread will include “a Batcomputer, Batmobile, Batsuits, 180 degree film screen, sound effects, gargoyles and even a Bat-themed elevator.” The problem? This guy is not only infringing on Asness’s territory as resident super hero obsessive/aficionado/scholar-in-residence/neighbor who dresses up and role-plays his character of choice but is apparently too cowardly to show his face or reveal his name so that Cliff might confront him. The other problem? Captain America doesn’t have some kind of cool underground lair setup of his own. The only recourse? Someone spends the next couple weeks writing a series of fan fiction that describes his house, and then spends $20 million to have that built.

    Greenwich Resident Building $2 Million Batcave In Home [CTNews]
    Dark Knight superfan spends $2MILLION creating home cinema replica of Bruce Wayne’s cave [DM]

    / Aug 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    Will Domino’s Largest Shareholders Increase Their Stakes After Hearing Of Two Managers Who Set Fire To The Competition?

    If I’m a PM at Scout Capital, Trian, Cedar Rock, MSD, Calamos, BlackRock, RenTec or Two Sigma, all of which own a significant number of shares in the pizza purveyor, my takeaways are: 1. Passion 2. Teamwork 3. Initiative 4. Ingenuity 5. Ability by middle management to read between the lines and infer that corporate’s […]

    / Oct 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM
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    Which Chief Executive Officer Needs A Gun, A Plane Ticket, And Some Bleach?

    The ultra-rich bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity executives of New York City have long enlisted private security firms to help safeguard them and their wealth. But as the mood on Main Street turns increasingly hostile, New York’s financial titans are cranking their security measures up to 11…One executive contacted Insite requesting help planning […]

    / Oct 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    Wall Street Protesters Could Use Some Socks, Are Good On Snacks, Have Gotten Comfortable

    But there hasn’t been much need for [medical supplies]. Ms. Lembitz, another medic, was tending to one of the most common injuries: blisters on a bongo drummer’s fingers. The only other common injuries, Mr. Pilon said, were cuts from food preparation and cases of foot fungus caught by activists who didn’t change out of wet […]

    / Sep 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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    Domino’s “Estimates It Will Cost Roughly $22 Billion” To Build A Location On The Moon

    Back in January, SAC Capital amassed a 5.3 percent stake in Domino’s Pizza, making it the fifth largest investor, at 3.2 million shares. While Cohen didn’t have any plans to meddle with management, behind the scenes he did do his part to enhance the brand, not only in an attempt to maximize profits but out […]

    / Sep 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    Jamie Dimon Headed To Japan

    According to an email circulating from Christopher Harvey, JPMorgan’s “Senior Country Officer in Japan,” to colleagues.

    / Mar 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    There’s A Hedge Fund Called Pappajohn Capital Partners

    Again, just something I thought you should know. Apparently we need to start keeping a list of all the good names that are already taken.

    / Feb 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    What Changes Will SAC Capital Bring To Domino’s?

    Reuters reports that SAC Capital has taken a 5.3 percent stake in Domino’s Pizza, making it the fifth-largest investor, at 3.2 million shares. While Cohen doesn’t appear to have plans to meddle with management, he most certainly will be doing his part to enhance the brand, not only in an attempt to maximize profits but […]

    / Jan 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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    Heads Up Play With David Einhorn

    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 […]

    / Dec 21, 2010 at 3:07 PM
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    Who Wants To Work 2-3 Hours, Play Some Golf And Call It A Day?

    Are you a trader looking for a new gig? Do you have certain requirements of the job that’ve made finding the perfect employer slightly difficult? Do they include: * Wearing flip-flops, polos and shorts to work? * Taking leisurely lunches * Enjoying yourself a good rom-com and paying matinee prices? * Playing 18 holes before […]

    / Sep 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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    Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme Was A Front For His Cocaine Dealing Business?

    Everytime we try and get off the Berns Beat this guy reels us back in. Not content to let Raj Rajaratnam and his little insider trading case dominate the limelight, Madoff sees your “Sri Lankan scandal” and raises you a “I eat Italian food prepared by a pervert.” The Daily News reports that inside the […]

    / Oct 21, 2009 at 10:09 AM

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