Secret to Hedge Fund Profits Revealed - Laws Don't Apply to Rich
Connect the Dots • • • • • Illegal Gang Rape of US Stock Market • • • • • Surge of self made multi-billionaires who don't actually produce any product but profit off the destruction of companies • • • • • Middle Class begins the plunge into poverty • • • • • Media Moguls employ silent pampered journalists • • • • • Wall Street Crooks make Government Policy • • • • • Taxpayer Bailout of Banks after the Ultra Wealthy Bankers (still employed there) looted the Vault • • • • • Government of Swindlers • • • • •
The people who plundered the system have as much access to the press as they want. There are unlimited articles and videos where they can get their message out. Unfortunately, their message is how to get the regulators to help them scoop up whatever money is left. The secretive hedge funds who don't have to reveal their holdings in their multi off shore accounts, have no trouble getting on TV or in print whenever they choose, to tell us how things should be, as they gloat over their empires, (much of it achieved through illegal manipulation and counterfeiting of stocks) while the press slobbers over them, hoping for an invitation to another yacht party.
I'm prepped for Y3K. Think it can't happen? I hope not.
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Conspicuous Consumption Is Over
Profiles In Panic
Only months ago, ordering that $1,950 bottle of 2003 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon at Craft restaurant or the $26-per-ounce Wagyu beef at Nobu, or sliding into Masa for the $600 prix fixe dinner (not including tax, tip, or drinks), was a way of life for many Wall Street investment bankers. “The culture was that if you didn’t spend extravagantly you’d be ridiculed at work,” says a former Lehmanite. But that was when there were investment banks. Now many bankers, along with discovering $15 bottles of wine, are finding other ways to cut back—if not out of necessity, then from collective guilt and fear: the fitness trainer from three times a week to once a week; the haircut and highlights every eight weeks instead of every five. One prominent “hedgie” recently flew to China for business—but not on a private plane, as before. “Why should I pay $250,000 for a private plane,” he said to a friend, “when I can pay $20,000 to fly commercial first class?”
The new thriftiness takes a bit of getting used to. “I was at the Food Emporium in Bedford [in Westchester County] yesterday, using my Food Emporium discount card,” recounts one Greenwich woman. “The well-dressed wife of a Wall Street guy was standing behind me. She asked me how to get one. Then she said, ‘Have you ever used coupons?’ I said, ‘Sure, maybe not lately, but sure.’ She said, ‘It’s all the rage now—where do you get them?’”
One former Lehman executive in her 40s stood in her vast clothes closet not long ago, talking to her personal stylist. On shelves around her were at least 10 designer handbags that had cost her anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 each.
“I don’t know what to do,” she said. “I guess I’ll have to get rid of the maid.”
Why not sell a few of those bags?, the stylist thought, but didn’t say so.
“Well,” the executive said after a moment, “I guess I’ll cut her from five days a week to four.”
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Location: Blogs Bob O'Brien's Sanity Check Blog Posted by: bobo 1/3/2009 4:29 PM
Apparently hedge funds like Kynikos, and SAC, have a secret for their outsize performance.
Racketeering, and illegal frontrunning, if my read is correct.
That's the only conclusion one can draw from the stunningly simple and obvious analysis of email records that Judd Bagley, over at the Deepcapture site, has compiled.
You have Jim Chanos, who is all over the airwaves as the advocate and public face of the hedge fund world, apparently actively frontrunning information illegally obtained from stock analysts, who eagerly shared their analysis and spreadsheets with him in advance of publishing negative smear pieces subsequently shown by time to have been nothing more than hatchet jobs.
You have SAC Capital getting access to the same info, also in advance, so they too can apparently illegally frontrun the analyst report - and they indicate as much in their emails.
You have my buddies, Rocker Partners, doing the same thing, all part of the same tightly woven group of miscreant predators who get to break the law, repeatedly, as a group, in order to profit, both personally as well as professionally.
How obvious does this have to be, and how long until cuffs start going onto the wrists of men who have abused the law, flaunted their disdain for it, in a recidivistic and racketeering-like manner?
When do the cops, and Congress, actually do something besides suck up to those who have stolen the retirement savings of countless thousands via illegal trading?
These are hypothetical questions, as we by now all know that the press will be completely silent when it comes to blatantly illegal activity by the uber rich white men who run the real money in the country.
I truly cannot wait to see what the discovery in the OSTK suit against the brokers turns up, if this is what has come out of a similar suit against these hedge funds.
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January 3rd, 2009 by Judd Bagley
Fairfax Financial Holdings (NYSE:FFH) was first listed on the NYSE on December 20, 2002. During its first 15 trading days there, volume averaged well under 180,000 shares.Then, on January 16, 2003 FFH volume exceeded 500,000 shares on an otherwise uneventful day in the life of a Canadian insurance company.
The next day, January 17, 2003 Morgan Keegan analyst John Gwynn initiated coverage of FFH with a scathing report and rating of “underperform”, making for one of the more eventful days in the lives of Fairfax shareholders, as their investments took heavy losses on extremely high volume.
Because information drives markets, one would expect to see extra activity in the wake of new information, such as that introduced by Gwynn on the 17th.
But what accounts for the unusually high volume observed the day before Gwynn’s report was published?
The answer to that question would come in October of 2008, when Morgan Keegan announced that Gwynn had been terminated for sharing his unpublished research on Fairfax with a small group of short-selling hedge funds.
Thanks to email messages and trading data recently obtained through discovery in the Fairfax Financial vs. SAC Capital, et al, lawsuit, we know that hedge funds such as Rocker Partners (later Copper River Partners), Kynikos Associates, Third Point Capital, and SAC Capital all traded ahead of material, non-public information.
And that, dear readers, is likely illegal.
In attempting to unravel how all this came about, one hedge fund name appears over and over: Kynikos Associates, run by James Chanos, who also serves as Chairman of the Coalition of Private Investment Companies, the hedge fund industry’s Washington DC lobbying organ.
It started on December 11, 2002 when Kynikos employee Mark Heiman alerted Chanos that he had just learned from an analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments that a Morgan Keegan analyst was about to publish a negative report on Fairfax.
From: Mark Heiman
Sent: December 11, 2002 11:06 PM
To: James Chanos; Douglas Millett
I just got off the phone with ZBI’s insurance analyst, Michael Ting. He just talked to a new insurance analyst at Morgan Keegan, and apparently that analyst is about to initiate FFRX at “Underperform,” with the thesis being that they are extremely under-reserved into the $3-$5 BN area. Also, there may be an article in Forbes or Fortune soon that will be similarly critical.
Ting said he thought that analyst was one of the best P&C analysts he has talked to, and wanted to give us the heads-up, as well as hear how we’re coming at it.
The next day, Kynikos employee Matt Cantrell apparently contacted Gwynn, as he sent Ting several documents relating to Fairfax subsidiaries, with the comment, “John Gwynn believes these might be of interest to you.”
Four days later, Heiman spoke to Gwynn personally, having a conversation which he summarized in the following report to Chano
continue reading at http://www.deepcapture.com/hedge-funds-reading-tomorrows-headlines-today/
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Oldie but Goodie
This story always amazed me. Wasn't SAC Capital's Stevie Cohen nice, hosting a memorial for service for NBC News correspondent David Bloom who was killed in Iraq. What? You didn't get your invitation?
Tattle takes a chop at katie
Posted Thu. Apr. 22, 2004 7:00pm by NY Post Page Six
A loose-lipped staffer called us to claim that Couric demanded a helicopter to fly her to a Greenwich, Conn., memorial for NBC News correspondent David Bloom on Wednesday evening, after she heard that the network was flying Tom Brokaw out on a chopper right after the "NBC Nightly News."
"She's pulling a diva act with the helicopter just because Tom is getting one," sniped our source. "She is just out of control."
But while it's true that NBC flew Brokaw to Bloom's memorial - which was held at the home of Steve Cohen, chairman of hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors - "Today" executive producer Tom Touchet told PAGE SIX that choppering Couric out was entirely his idea, and that, anyway, she ended up taking a Metro-North train because it was actually quicker.
Couric, Brokaw, Matt Lauer, Michael J. Fox, Glenn Close, NBC boss Bob Wright, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, Brian Williams, Ann Curry, Soledad O'Brien, Campbell Brown, and Lester Holt were among those at the tribute to Bloom, who died suddenly of a non-combat-related blood clot while covering the war in Iraq in April 2003. Bloom, a weekend co-host of "Today," left behind a wife, Melanie, and three young daughters.
Touchet said it was "unfortunate" that our source had chosen to leak the helicopter hullabaloo just days before Couric hosts a benefit aboard Queen Mary 2 for National Colorectal Cancer Research and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, named after Couric's late husband, Jay, who died after battling colon cancer.
Beyonce is slated to perform at tomorrow night's event, and Nicole Kidman, Antonio Banderas, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Bon Jovi, Nathan Lane and James Gandolfini are among the shipload of celebs expected.
"Katie has been working her butt off for an amazing cause," Touchet said. "It's sad that someone is trying to divert attention from that. You would think that this week people would focus on all the good she's doing. It's a real shame."
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Party's at Stevies
A Dressing Room For Steven Cohen November 20, 2008
For hedge fund kingpin Steven Cohen, 35,000 square feet is simply not enough. Is the SAC Capital Management chief to go without a dressing room, a breakfast room and a garden room at his Greenwich, Conn. estate?
Not if he can help it, that’s for sure. The billionaire has asked Greenwich’s Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to add 1,145 square feet in a pair of additions to his 35,085-square-foot, 14-acre Crown Lane estate. The commission is set to review Cohen’s application at its Dec. 16 meeting. In addition to the aforementioned new rooms, the expansions would also include more storage space.
Cohen’s mansion already boasts an ice rink (with Zamboni machines!), an indoor pool, a basketball court and, based on aerial views of the palatial manor, a tennis court and a two-hole golf course. He has already made copious additions to the home since he and his wife, Alexandra, bought it in 1998 for $14 million.
See who bought and paid for your government.
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Bernie Madoff's Son's Charitable Trusts
Although the millions in Bernie's foundation were managed by his own investment firm, neither son entrusted their charitable trusts to their dad. Mark Madoff's $5 million account was parked at Lehman Brothers. Andrew's $2 million trust was in an account at Neuberger Berman.
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December 31, 2008
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I'm Madoff As Hell And I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore
Canadian Company Fairfax Financial Attacked From Down Under http://my.nowpublic.com/tech-biz/canadian-company-fairfax-financial-attacked-down-under
Financial Innovation = Creative Counterfeiting Schemes by Wall Street
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Don't Miss this Video Goldman, Merrill, Lehman, Bear, Morgan Stanley Meet with SEC 2004
Goldman, Merrill, Lehman, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley meet with SEC in 2004 to ask for exemption to take on more risk.
They Yuk it Up, now we suck it up.
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If Mary Schapiro's the Answer...
It was probably a stupid question
by Greg Newton
Nobody else has spent so long at such high levels of the long captured US securities regulation complex. She has been a big part of building the regulatory problem for two decades; Stockholm Syndrome means she is unfit to be part of the solution.
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You have two choices. Go back to bed or get up and fight back.
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June 19th, 2008 by Patrick Byrne
“Fate often saves the undoomed warrior when his courage endures.” - Beowulf
The list of villains implicated by Deep Capture’s analysis is seemingly endless, but the list of institutions which have failed our nation is not. They can be spoken to. They can be made aware of how you have lost confidence in them. They can be told how much they suck.
That list of institutions begins with the broker-dealers who enable hedge fund crookery in return for profitable prime brokerage business. Then comes the Self-Regulatory Organizations (”SRO’s”) who have direct responsibility for preventing crimes such as this from happening. Then comes the regulators (SEC) charged with supervising the SRO’s. Next comes Congress, which has failed ito provide the SEC proper political oversight. Last, but most importantly, comes the Free Press, our public realm’s ultimate watchdog, which has been licking its crotch instead of doing its job.
If you accept the analysis of DeepCapture, then you should let these groups know what you think of their work. Please be courteous and polite: I have been abrasive enough for all of us. You need only tell them that you are concerned about naked short selling and think they should be doing something about it. You might even abbreviate it by simply sending them emails that say, “DeepCapture.com”. They’ll know what you mean.
Call these brokers and tell them what you think of their conduct:
Goldman Sachs says: “This policy is designed to provide a channel of communication for employees and others who have concerns about the conduct of Goldman Sachs or any of its people……….” 1 (866) 520-4056 You might also give a ring to their press contact: 212-902-1000/5400
Morgan Stanley’s “Integrity Hot-line” says: “Concerns relating to ethical or business conduct matters, including accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, may be brought to the Company’s attention” at 866-448-8434
Bear Stearns has no readily discoverable “Integrity Hotline” so just call their press person, Elizabeth Ventura (212) 272-9251, and tell her what you think.
THE SELF-REGULATORY ORGANIZATIONS (SRO’S)
It may be hard to believe, but our capital market is not really set up with a cop on the beat. It is set up as a number of clubs (such as AMEX, NASDAQ, and the New York Stock Exchange) which publish their own rules. The federal government’s role is to OK those rules, then come along and inspect whether clubs are following the rules they publish. That’s it.
The clubs are called, “Self-Regulatory Organizations”, or “SRO’s”. The SRO’s keep an eye on Wall Street in precisely the same sense in which, in a Tijuana cat-house, the guys with the mops and buckets can be said to be “keeping an eye on the place”.
Recently two of the SRO’s (the ones overseeing NASDAQ and NYSE) merged together and become the “Financial Industry Regulatory Authority” (”FINRA”). Contact FINRA’s Office of the Ombudsman at (240) 386-6270, or toll-free at (888) 700-0028, and tell them to get bigger mops.
There is a night watchman who walks around tapping on windows and calling out to the mop-boys, “Is everything all right in there?” and “Keep it down in there!” and “Are you guys hiring?” That watchman is The United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Please do not be too hard on the SEC. They are underpaid, over-worked, have no budget, and are lawyers. They are so far behind the whiz-kids they are supposed to be regulating that getting mad at them is like getting mad at someone for not knowing how to play the trombone (if someone does not know how to play the trombone, he just doesn’t know, and no amount of yelling at him is going to make him know).
That said, if you want to let the SEC know how unhappy you are with the service they are providing you as a citizen, then write their Inspector General, H. David Kotz ( email@example.com ). Incidentally, I understand that IG Kotz is part of the solution, not part of the problem. He was an attorney for the Peace Corps and, as the newly-minted OIG at the SEC, is more concerned about fixing things than he is about getting a job on Wall Street. So be polite, but let him know you care about this problem.
Another place you can turn is the United States Government Accountability Office. The GAO is probably the most respectable group in DC (setting aside the military). When Congress needs a non-partisan, no-bullshit answer to any question, they turn to the GAO. Write Chuck Young at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know about your interest in naked short selling and the general issues raised in DeepCapture.com.
THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
Many years ago I had occasion to visit Congress a half-dozen times. In the last few years I have again made a fair number of visits. In both periods I came away shocked: by and large these folks are good people, and they really do understand that they work for you. Every letter that a citizen sends is read by someone. Tallies are kept of the concerns that citizens express, and these tallies are synthesized for members of Congress.
In other words, that stuff you learned in 8th grade civics class actually is true: you can make a difference by writing your representatives. This site makes it easy to do so in seconds.
Again, be polite and courteous, please.
The New York Financial Press
My deepest disgust is reserved for the New York financial press. Here is why. Crooks are always going to be crooks. Professions are always going to be clubbish, looking out for their own. Regulators are always going to be captured (at least a little bit). Most politicians will always dance for the organ-grinders. But the press is supposed to be sacred. These phony journalists are, to me, like dirty cops, or pedophile priests. They are like the Washington press corps in the days before Watergate, too chummy with those they are supposed to be covering to do serious investigative work. Our nation suffered for it then, and is again now. Every time I catch a glimpse of Herb, Roddy, Bethany, Joe Nocera, Carol Remond, Jim Cramer, Joe Kernan (or for that matter, CNBC), I throw up a bit in my mouth. They are corrupt yellow-bellies. They are toadies to power and authority. They are sellout journalists.
If you agree, tell the NY financial press, “You should stop covering-up the naked short selling scandal on behalf of your crooked hedge fund pals.” Or, again, just abbreviate that by saying, “DeepCapture”.
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
And by the way, you should draw their attention to the recordings of their luminaries Joe Nocera, Dan Colarusso, and Roddy Boyd that appear about 7/8 of the way through Mark Mitchell’s piece. They’re pretty special.
Roddy angry that when he asked how much cash we had, I tricked him by telling him how much cash we had
Roddy Boyd fucking apologizes
Dan Colarusso, Paragon of Journalistic Integrity
Herb “See No Evil” Greenberg
Joe Nocera, Anti-Investigative Journalist
The US Business Press
The business press outside of New York is not as bad. Many of them know that something deeply problematic is happening on Wall Street, yet they still take their lead from those whose beat is Wall Street. That makes them foolish, but not evil. Perhaps there are other dynamics at play as well. In any case, here are the emails of the business editors of dozens of top US newspapers. Politely let them know your concern with naked short selling, and with the general issues raised in DeepCapture.com.
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The General US Press
It is easy to criticize the general American press for having ignored a crime that affects citizens in every town in America. You may be surprised to learn that I do not join that criticism, for three reasons. First, this is a fairly technical issue, beyond the skills of most journalists to cover: To write about it one needs a grounding in economics, as well as general knowledge of our capital market, that most journalists do not possess. Second, any journalist getting interested in this would have to contend with a gigantic smokescreen blown by their captured New York colleagues. Third and last, any such journalist would have to contend with pressures brought from above. Taken together, it would have taken modern day Woodwards and Bernsteins to punch through the misdirection that was, until recently, the norm.
That said, now that the heavy lifting is done, and even the CEO’s of banks are themselves taking up the cudgel, there is no longer any cover-up to which to cling. Thus it would be shameful indeed of the general press to remain silent at this point. The general press can at least describe to the public what has finally come to light through efforts other than their own. If you agree, let them know about naked short selling, and Deep Capture, using the email addresses of editors at more than 100 newspapers and news organizations in the United States:
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WHAT YOU MIGHT SAY
In contacting these parties please be courteous at all times. Most of them have themselves been taken in by a cover-up, or perhaps, are overwhelmed by the complexity of this fight. Give them this: it is pretty mind-blowing, and their decision to sit it out was, until recently anyway, understandable.
You do not have to say much. Just let them know that you are following the financial scandal known as “naked short selling” and think they should follow it too. Feel free to quote as much material as you want from the DeepCapture website. Many links are included within DeepCapture to stories that have appeared (the Bloomberg video, Forbes articles, etc.) so you should have no trouble sending supporting material, if you so desire.
Of course, you can always just copy Mark Mitchell’s story and send it to them (again, everyone is welcome to copy and redistribute DeepCapture’s material freely, and we waive all copyright claims). Mitchell’s piece pretty much says all that needs to be said, and coming as it does from a seasoned investigative journalist, may be just what other journalists need to get the scent of this story.
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