Unstructured Finance

The nine lives of the eminent domain for mortgages debate

November 21, 2013

By Matthew Goldstein and Jennifer Ablan

Law professor Bob Hockett, widely credited with popularizing the idea of using eminent domain to restructure underwater mortgages, says he continues to be approached by yield-hungry angel investors looking for a way to help out struggling homeowners and make money at the same time.

Carl Icahn in his own words

By Jennifer Ablan
November 20, 2013

Icahn’s Big Year in investing and activism

By Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein

We held an hour-long discussion with Carl Icahn on Monday as part of our Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit, going over everything from his spectacular year of performance to his thoughts on the excessive media coverage of activists like himself who push and prod corporate managers to return cash to investors. We also talked about the legacy he wants to leave.

Dimon, Schwarzman served as the butt of Moynihan’s jokes at NYC charity dinner

By Peter Rudegeair
October 18, 2013

Brian Moynihan brought the funny to Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel Thursday evening. The Bank of America chief was on hand to receive the first-ever Happy Warrior award at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, where he shared the dais with political dignitaries like Senator Chuck Schumer and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as well as comedic heavyweight Stephen Colbert. In his remarks, Moynihan cracked a few jokes at the expense of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Blackstone Group co-founder Steve Schwarzman that brought the house down.

Hedge fund manager Hempton on Herbalife

By Jennifer Ablan
October 17, 2013

John Hempton is bullish on Herbalife but bearish on coal

By Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein

Hedge fund manager and frequent blogger John Hempton is a little bit like the Jim Chanos of Australia.

Greenlight’s David Einhorn slams Fed, again

By Jennifer Ablan
October 15, 2013
David Einhorn

David Einhorn is pointing at you Fed

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, one of the most closely followed managers in the $2.2 trillion hedge fund industry, is out with his latest investment letter and provides another lambasting of the U.S. Federal Reserve for what he describes as short-sighted policy decisions with regards to its continued quantitative easing.

Sotheby’s and a tale of two hedge fund managers

October 15, 2013

Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen’s reported plan to sell a number of valuable artworks may not only deliver a nice chunk of change for the Wall Street mogul, it may also provide gains for another rival manager.

FBI not waiting for Silk Road owner’s Bitcoin password

October 14, 2013

From the frenzied coverage of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s takedown of the online drug marketplace Silk Road early this month one story has emerged as particularly popular among Bitcoin insiders: A report from Forbes on Oct 4 said the FBI had tried and failed to seize alleged Silk Road owner Ross Ulbricht’s personal stash of the digital currency, supposedly worth $80 million.

Breaking bad, the Bitcoin addition

October 2, 2013

It wasn’t too long ago that Ross William Ulbricht was writing his master’s thesis for a degree in chemical engineering. Now the 29-year-old San Franciscan is looking at spending many years in jail after being arrested by federal authorities on a variety of drug trafficking charges.

Ackman’s Penney-sized revenge?

October 1, 2013

It’s hard to say that Bill Ackman came out of the J.C. Penney debacle looking good. But in one regard the hedge fund manager did score a minor victory: he and his Pershing Square Capital Management sold their shares before the bloodbath began in the ailing retailer’s stock.