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Has Brian Hunter Hired Bodyguards?

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London’s Sunday Times Prufrock column says it's hearing that Amaranth trader Brian Hunter has hired bodyguards. Even more striking, the Times report says the guards were hired after “several attempted attacks” from colleagues.
Are Amaranthers really trying to attack Hunter? We’re putting this at about a 30% chance of being true, because we find it hard to imagine energy traders in Calgary as thugs or assassins. And we find it hard to imagine Amaranth’s Greenwich, Connecticut staffers actually making the trip all the way out to Calgary just to deliver a beat down on the guy.
So has Hunter hired bodyguards? We’d give this about a 60% chance of being true. If we’d lost more than $6 billion of other people’s money, we’d probably think about a little extra security ourselves. Just because Amaranth employees aren’t attacking Brian Hunter doesn’t mean he’s not paranoid.
The trader they hate [Sunday Times; fourth item]