Jamie Dimon: "We're going. We're leaving. We're really going-- don't try and stop us."


Just in case you were worried that JP Morgan was going to make good on its “threat” to ship off to Stamford (who were they threatening? Their own employees?), DealBook notes that the move is, in all likelihood, a bluff. Also: a cheap and what will (probably) turn out to be an unsuccessful attempt to get New York to raise its $100 million incentive offer to the $650 million it gave Goldman Sachs in 2005 (would you give your mistress a diamond the same size as the one you gave your wife? Actually, that analogy doesn’t quite work).
Even the mayor of Stamford, Dannel Malloy knows he and his city are just a pawn in Jamie Dimon’s (incredibly) passive aggressive attempt, telling the Stamford Advocate, “It’s a little leverage. I’m not holding my breath.”
J.P. Morgan in Stamford? Even the Mayor Has Doubts [DealBook]


Bill Ackman: Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads

The principal weakness we share with most other money managers is the fact that our capital base is not permanent, and we therefore keep cash on hand and/or own passive liquid investments which we can sell to meet potential investor demands for capital. To address this weakness in our open end hedge fund structure, later this year, we intend to launch the private phase of Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd., which we expect to eventually list on the London Stock Exchange...In [the cases of Canadian Pacific, JC Penney, Justice Holdings and General Growth], we had the resources to effectuate the necessary change and the capital commitment from investors who were willing to wait for the changes to be implemented. During the course of each investment, however, there have been periods of enormous skepticism both from the investing public at large and, presumably, from some of you who are invested in the Funds...The Pershing Square funds have been a large beneficiary of our ability to take advantage of periodic market skepticism by increasing our ownership at more favorable prices. Volatility is the friend of the unleveraged long-term investor. We much prefer the bumpy road to higher rates of return than a smoother ride to more modest profits. Pershing Square Q12012 Letter To Investors [PDF]