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$35B Hedge Fund Manager's Secret: Do Nothing

Nevada's Steve Edmundson is a rare find in the investment world

(Newser) - If your visions of high-profile hedge fund managers include frenetic scrambling through paperwork, fielding endless phone calls, and scouring the Internet during never-ending workdays, those don't apply to Steve Edmundson, the investment head of Nevada's $35 billion Public Employees' Retirement System, the Wall Street Journal notes. Where other... More »

Probe Targets Finance Firms Over 'Sneaky' Strategy

Bain Capital gets a subpoena

(Newser) - Do private equity firms like Bain Capital use a sly strategy to avoid paying hundreds of millions in taxes? That's what New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman aims to find out. In recent weeks he issued subpoenas to more than a dozen companies, including Bain, TPG Capital, and Sun... More »

Businesses Must Stop Worshiping Shareholders

Emphasis on the short term is killing the economy: law professor

(Newser) - The notion that businesses exist solely to increase their stock prices and thus reward shareholders may be a "bedrock principal of our era," writes Jesse Eisinger at the Trade blog for ProPublica, but it also may be taking a serious toll on America's financial health. He sums... More »

Meet the Man Who Took Down JPMorgan

Boaz Weinstein is an aggressive trader who once lost $2B, too

(Newser) - Credit (or blame) Boaz Weinstein—a 38-year-old hedge fund trader known as a "monster" for his aggressive, risky style—for the $2 billion takedown of JPMorgan, reports the New York Times . Weinstein, a chess master and big-time Las Vegas gambler, isn't talking, but numerous other traders say he... More »

Lawmakers Give Inside Info to Big Investors—Legally

Brokerage firms arrange meetings with legislators

(Newser) - Congressmen aren’t the only ones trading on their inside info . A lucrative practice has sprung up in Washington, in which hedge funds and other investors pay handsomely for private meetings with top lawmakers or their aides, who give them an early scoop on market-moving news, the Wall Street Journal... More »

Market Swings Too Wild Even for Big Traders

Attempting to buy or sell can send prices fluctuating wildly

(Newser) - Even the biggest of fish are finding the waters too choppy on Wall Street. As the Dow swings about wildly—it fell 247 points yesterday, and has moved at least 1% in 14 of its past 19 sessions—so too are individual stocks. It’s become nigh-impossible to buy or... More »

Hedge-Fund Tycoons Ditch Obama for GOP

They feel betrayed by president's tough talk

(Newser) - Daniel Loeb used to be one of Barack Obama’s biggest supporters, but these days he’s raising huge piles of money for Republicans. Why? Well the president appears to have hurt his feelings, the Wall Street Journal observes. “I am sure, if we are really nice and stay... More »

FBI Raids Conn. Hedge Funds

...as part of extensive insider-trading investigation

(Newser) - The FBI is undertaking an extensive insider-trading investigation, and raided two hedge fund offices in Connecticut today that are presumably part of it. Former managers at Steve Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors run both raided firms, Diamondback Capital Management LLC and Level Global Investors LP, the Wall Street Journal reports. The... More »

Feds See Massive Insider-Trading Network

Three-year investigation is among the biggest ever undertaken

(Newser) - You know that gray line that sometimes separates "expert advice" from the crime of insider trading? It's about to get a lot darker. The feds are wrapping up what the Wall Street Journal describes as a huge three-year investigation expected to bring an unprecedented array of charges against everyone... More »

Dems Cave to Scott Brown, Kill Bank Tax

$19B tax ditched in favor of $11B in TARP funds

(Newser) - Scott Brown's threat to vote against the financial regulatory overhaul bill unless Democrats met his demands yesterday succeeded in killing the part of the bill Brown had opposed: a $19 billion tax on big banks and hedge funds. Conceding to Brown and ending a dramatic few days of negotiation, lawmakers... More »

Disney Employee's Insider Trading Scheme Fizzles

Tip No. 1: Don't send out email blasts

(Newser) - A woman who worked as an administrative assistant to a Disney executive is accused of trying to sell business secrets to hedge funds. As New York magazine explains , she and her boyfriend got the not-so-bright idea to send out a blind email to hedge funds seeking customers. At least 20... More »

Hedge Fund Managers Rake In Record $25B

Top 25 managers cleaned up by betting on bank bailout

(Newser) - Betting correctly that the federal government would not let more banks fail after the cruel denouement of 2008, hedge fund managers engineered a record payday for themselves in 2009. The top 25 brought in $25.3 billion, topping 2007’s record by a healthy margin, and the $4 billion taken... More »

Feds Investigate Whether Hedge Funds Sank Euro

'Idea meeting' may constitute collusion

(Newser) - The Justice Department has begun an investigation into a group of hedge funds that may have colluded to short-sell the euro, driving down its value and driving up their profits. Justice sent a letter to SAC, Greenlight, and Soros—among others—the same day the Wall Street Journal reported that... More »

CIA Ops Moonlight for Corporations

Help hedge funds spot liars on corporate earnings calls

(Newser) - Apparently CIA operatives don't have enough on their plates fighting two wars and al Qaeda: Many operatives moonlight as consultants to financial firms and hedge funds, Eamon Javers writes in a book excerpt on Politico . Moonlighting in the private sector is generally allowed for federal employees if they follow strict... More »

Jury Clears Fund Managers in Bellwether Case

Bear Sterns execs accused of fraud go free

(Newser) - Two Bear Stearns executives who ran hedge funds that collapsed after betting heavily on the shaky subprime mortgage market were acquitted today of lying to investors—a defeat in the government's bid to punish fraud exposed by the financial crisis. The closely watched case was the first one against Wall... More »

Obama to Launch Radical Bank Reform

Changes will be the most ambitious since the Great Depression

(Newser) - President Obama will unveil next week sweeping new changes to the nation’s governance of troubled financial institutions, the AP reports. Unlike Washington’s temporary ownership stake in automakers and major financial companies, the new regulatory protocol will be permanent and will present the most ambitious revision since the 1930s.... More »

NY Lawyer Pleads Guilty to $400M Fraud

Dreier bilked clients, spent cash on yacht and beach houses

(Newser) - New York lawyer Marc Dreier pleaded guilty yesterday to selling hundreds of millions in bogus promissory notes to hedge funds and other clients, reports the Times. Dreier, 59, used the $400 million to fund a Manhattan apartment, beachfront houses, and an $18 million yacht. “He has disgraced the honorable... More »

Hedge Fund Managers Profit in Bear Market

Top 25 took home total of $11.6 billion in pay last year

(Newser) - Hedge funds lost an average of 18% last year, but as markets fell to earth, the top 25 hedge fund managers each earned more than $75 million in pay, reports the New York Times. The most successful, James Simons of Renaissance Technologies, pulled in $2.5 billion, while George Soros... More »

Feds Look for Privately Funded $1T Bailout

Geithner talks up private capital ahead of today's announcement

(Newser) - The Treasury today unveils its three-part public-private plan to purchase $1 trillion in troubled assets, offering lucrative subsidies to private investors to encourage them to participate. The Obama administration spent the weekend wooing hesitant private investors—hedge funds, private equity firms, and sovereign wealth funds—who fear future regulation or... More »

Hedges, Private Equity Funds to Invest in Bailout

TALF program could see very rich outfits get even richer

(Newser) - With its highly touted TALF program to spur consumer lending, the government is undertaking a $1 trillion effort that hinges on the participation of some unpopular outfits: hedge funds and private equity firms. As the Washington Post reports, the Fed and Treasury's "public-private partnership" relies on investment from the... More »

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