The Mulligans of Hedgistan

With the Dow trading over 10,700 again, the crisis of 2008 is growing long of tooth. Investors are growing short of memory. And many hedgies, who shuttered their funds due to performance, are making a comeback. Continue Reading →

Does Orrin Hatch Want to Bail Out the Hamptons?

In today’s New York Times, Andrew Sorkin describes the sweetheart taxes for hedge-fund and private-equity partners as follows:

General partners at private equity funds, who take a cut of the investment gains they earn for their investors in the form of “carried interest,” have been paying federal taxes worth only 15 percent of that cut.

This means the “gods of Greenwich” receive about a 24.6 percent tax break. That’s because the highest bracket on ordinary income—currently 35 percent—is expected to return to 39.6 percent. And the gods don’t pay taxes on their carried interests until they liquidate and pull out the cash. Continue Reading →

Do You Want This Guy Managing Your Money?

The Huffington Post posted this video of a trader freaking out last Thursday. If you haven’t seen this video yet, spend a few minutes on this one.
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Financial Reform: Who’s the Fox in the Henhouse?

In our judicial system, judges recuse themselves when there are conflicts of interest. I’d like to see the same thing in Congress. The only problem—it’s not clear the Senate could field the necessary quorum to hold a vote. Continue Reading →

Goldman Sachs, Goldfish Eat Their Young

Is paranoia necessary to survive on Wall Street?

In one sense, Goldman Sachs is no different from any other investment bank on Wall Street. When it comes to protecting the brand, junior employees are expendable. Like goldfish, investment banks eat their young when self-interest make cannibalism seem rationale. Continue Reading →