Unstructured Finance

Home gold rush is over

September 24, 2013

The pressure keeps building on small players in the buy-to-rent trade to cash out and flip the foreclosed homes they snapped up to the biggest investors in the space.

For SAC employees, it’s not any given Thursday

July 25, 2013

By Katya Wachtel and Peter Rudegeair

At SAC Capital Advisors’ sprawling Stamford, Connecticut headquarters on Thursday morning,  security guards barred reporters from getting too close to the office building, holding them to an intersection a few hundred yards from the driveway.

SEC vs. SAC give rise to many legal theories

July 22, 2013

It seems everyone has their own pet theory about why the SEC chose now to move against hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen after years of being part of the hunt along with the FBI and federal prosecutors.

This summer, it’s the John Paulson show

July 19, 2013

Hedge fund manager John Paulson has shunned the limelight in recent years but in recent weeks it’s a different story, with the 57-year-old manager not only giving his first ever TV interview, he’s also set to take the stand in one of the most closely-watched trials in the country – the civil case against former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre.

For U.S. equities, the bull market still has years to go

July 16, 2013

I recently chatted with veteran technical analyst Ralph Acampora,  a director at  Geneva-based Altaira Ltd.,  about secular bull trends in the U.S. stock market. A real secular bull market can last decades, and he sees this equity market uptrend as similar to the long-term bull markets in the 1960′s and, more obviously on technical charts, the 1990′s.   He pointed out that bull-and-bear trend measures and other short-term sentiment readings can change week to week, confusing some participants about the market’s longer-term path.  Acampora laid out the psychology behind sentiment in a secular bull market, which has three long phases. It starts with fear of the bear market at the stock market’s bottom. At the March 2009 low,  everyone was worried about further declines and losing money. The mood was characterized by fear and disbelief.  In reaction, the first buyers in a classic bull market gravitate toward quality stocks. They lead equities higher, because no one wants to take risk.  Investors say, “I’ll never do that again,”  about buying junk. They only want high quality, high-yielding stocks. That’s Phase 1. It began in 2009 and lasted until now.

Home sweet home, Blackstone

July 1, 2013

Kay Chapman and her boyfriend were saving up money to buy a home in the Las Vegas metro area while renting a home in a nearby town. But after months of plotting a strategy to buy a home at a foreclosure auction, they’ve given up for now and will soon move into another rental home–this one owned by private equity giant Blackstone Group.

Was Jon Corzine insane?

June 28, 2013

In the complaint against former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine filed in federal court on Thursday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission depicted the former New Jersey Governor as a negligent leader who should never be allowed back into the financial industry because he did not try hard enough to stop his employees from raiding the brokerage’s customer accounts to cover its own trading losses.

Ray Dalio’s all seeing reputation takes a hit

June 26, 2013

There are storm clouds on the horizon at Ray Dalio’s $150 billion Bridgewater Associates.

The housing proposal that won’t die

By Jennifer Ablan
June 20, 2013

One of the biggest economic stories this year has been the recovery in U.S. home prices. But for the more than 11 million homeowners stuck with a mortgage that’s worth more than the value of their home, it has felt more like being Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day.

Goldman fund haggles with REIT investors over 10-cent printing fee

June 13, 2013

A Goldman fund’s REIT charges investors 10 cents per page for financial statements.