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Guest Post: We’re Not In (Ar)Kansas Anymore, Hillary!





The Obama Administration believes military action will send a powerful message.  In that, they are correct.  Where they are wrong is in what message it will send and in what way that message will elicit a response.  In much of the world where people share the religion common to much of Syria, the message will be:  America attacks yet another Moslem nation.  In the rest of the world, where governments have already declined participation in any message-sending action (except for the one exhibiting the quintessential Napoleon Complex), the message will be:  there they go again, doing something they would never want done to them, and demonstrating that they alone think they can decide what deaths constitute a moral obscenity and what constitute mere unfortunate collateral damage.

 
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Frontrunning: August 27





  • Opposition figure: major decisions on Syria expected within hours (Al Arabiya)
  • Syria challenges U.S. to "produce the evidence" that Assad regime launched chemical attack (CBS)
  • British PM says world must act on Syria, weighs response (Reuters)
  • U.S. Treasury to Hit Debt Limit in Mid-October (WSJ)
  • U.S. could look beyond U.N. Security Council in any Syria strike (Reuters)
  • Nasdaq, NYSE at odds on outage cause as SEC seeks facts (Reuters)
  • Ackman’s J.C. Penney Sale Ends Failed Saga to Agitate for Change (BBG)
  • Zandi, LaVorgna, Blinder, Rattner all is one con puff piece (BBG)
  • Best Buy Founder Schulze Plans Stock Sale to Diversify Assets (BBG) - "diversify assets" = dump overpriced junk
  • Zero Worship: Credit-Card Firms Compete With No-Interest Transfers (WSJ)
  • Len Blavatnik wins $50m in JPMorgan lawsuit (FT)
  • Danone Finds Yogurt’s All Greek as Oikos Chases Chobani (BBG)
 
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Frontrunning: August 23





  • Lew warns Congress to strike debt ceiling deal (FT)
  • Central-Bank Moves Blur the View (WSJ)
  • Brazil, Indonesia launch measures to shore up their currencies (FT)
  • More mainstream media reminded about Fukushima - Radioactive ground water under Fukushima nears sea (AP)
  • Fukushima inspectors 'careless', Japan agency says, as nuclear crisis grows (Reuters)
  • New York Banker Arrested on Rape Charges in East Hampton (NYT)
  • This time they mean business, for real: CFTC Moves to Rein In High-Speed Traders (WSJ)
  • Britain operates secret monitoring station in Middle East (Reuters)
  • Moody’s considers downgrading top US banks (FT)
  • China's Bo calls wife mad after she testifies against him (Reuters)
  • JPMorgan Sub-New Normal Growth Seen Vexing Next Fed Chief (BBG)
  • SEC calls for cooling-off period for more staff (Reuters)
 
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Frontrunning: August 9





  • JPMorgan Nears Settlement With SEC on London Whale Loss (BBG)
  • Without even a wristslap: Iksil to face no U.S. charges in 'Whale' probe (Reuters)
  • China’s Credit Expansion Slows as Li Curbs Shadow Banking (BBG)
  • China slowdown shows signs of abating (FT), even as...
  • Australia central bank Lowers Growth Outlook as Economy Transitions From Mining (BBG)
  • SAC Business Plan Goes to Judge, Plan Would Allow Firm to Maintain Business Operations but Restrict Its Ability to Move Assets (WSJ)
  • Another buyer of Herbalife? - Norway’s oil fund plans to turn active (FT)
  • Mark Carney plays down scepticism over interest rate policy (FT)
  • Orders Evaporate for Celebrity Perfumes (WSJ)
 
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Frontrunning: August 5





  • Botulism toxin? There's an apology for that - Fonterra CEO apologizes, sees China dairy curbs lifted within days (Reuters)
  • Patent troll-In-Chief strikes again: Veto of Apple Ruling Likely to Upend Big Patent Battles (WSJ)
  • Because scapegoating means justice FTW - SEC Gets ‘Shot in the Arm’ With Victory in Tourre Case (BBG)
  • Insider-Trading Probe Caught in a Washington Knot (WSJ)
  • Miners return to hedging as gold  (FT)
  • Toyota’s $37 Billion Cash Pile Means Turning Point for Abenomics (BBG)
  • Inside the battle at Germany's Siemens (Reuters)
  • ‘One million’ UK workers on zero hours contracts (FT)
  • Wag the dog, part 1984: Iran Seen Trying New Path to a Bomb (WSJ)
  • Tokyo Cheap to Hong Kong Luring Asian Bargain Hunters (BBG)
 
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Frontrunning: July 31





  • Ackman Says Pershing Square Takes 9.8% Stake in Air Products (BBG) - So is APD Carl Icahn's biggest ever short yet
  • Latest Hilsenplant: Summers Hedges His Doubts on Fed's Bond Buying (WSJ)
  • China Stocks World’s Worst Losing $748 Billion on Slump (BBG)
  • U.S. Spy Program Lifts Veil in Court (WSJ)
  • Abenomics on the rock again: Japan July manufacturing PMI shows growth at 4-month low (Reuters)
  • EADS to be renamed Airbus in shake-up (FT)
  • Goldman's GSAM has significantly increased its exposure to European equities (FT) - there is a reason why this is Goldman's worst division
  • Japanese Megabanks Post Mega Profit Gains (WSJ) - when one excludes MTM impact from rate surge of course
  • Ex-workers sue Apple, seek overtime for daily bag searches (Reuters)
  • Hong Kong Yuan Deposits Snap Eight-Month Increase on Cash Crunch (BBG)
  • Downtown NYC Landlords Remake Offices in Shift From Banks (BBG)
 
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The Royal Road To Riches





With euphoria returning to equity markets, it's worth remembering that stocks are unlikely to make you really rich. We have some ideas what might though.

 
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Frontrunning: July 26





  • The Citadel-SAC connection (BBG) - just wait until the Citadel-FRBNY connection emerges
  • Letter backs Yellen for Federal Reserve role (FT) - or said otherwise, the Democrats would like the Fed to rule (and monetize deficits) for ever
  • Obama, Republicans gear up for bruising U.S. budget fight (Reuters)
  • Up for Debate at Fed: A Sharper Easy-Money Message (WSJ)
  • UBS to Pay $885 Million to Settle U.S. Mortgage Suit (BBG), Banks shiver as UBS swallows $885 million U.S. fine (Reuters)
  • Japan finmin Aso: CPI shows gradual shift to inflation from deflation (Reuters)
  • Japan's PM calls for high-level talks with China (Reuters)
  • Holder Targets Texas in New Voting-Rights Push (WSJ)
  • Another Nightmareliner incident: Probe opened as Air India Boeing Dreamliner oven overheats midair (Reuters)
  • Samsung Boosts Capital Spending as High-End Phone Demand Slows (BBG)
 
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Guest Post: PRISM, Snapchat, And Investment Edge





The rise of the surveillance state and the shifts in our daily usage of portable personal computers (smartphones) are likely to lead to some intriguing shifts in how we communicate and invest.

 
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Frontrunning: July 24





  • Humans Beating Robots Most Since ’08 as Trends Shift (BBG)
  • Easing of Mortgage Curb Weighed (WSJ)
  • European Banks Face Capital Gap With Focus on Leverage (BBG)
  • Signs Suggest China Warming to Idea of Stimulus (WSJ)
  • China Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines Lack Water (BBG)
  • Jeans and shoes show criminal underbelly of China-EU trade (Reuters)
  • How U.S. drug sting targeted West African military chiefs (Reuters)
  • Japan scrambles jets after China plane flies by southern islands (Reuters)
  • Apple Plots Return to Growth After Coping With Aging Lineup (BBG)
  • AT&T Falls Shy of Analyst Estimates as Discounts Hurt Margins (BBG)
  • SAC insider trading case takes twist (FT)
 
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The Final Straw For SAC: Criminal Charges To Be Filed This Week





It would appear the camel's back of the career of Steve Cohen and his firm SAC Capital has received its last straw. As the WSJ reports, Federal prosecutors plan to bring criminal charges against the firm as early as this week. This spells trouble for SAC which, while still reeling from the SEC's attempt to effectively shut it down, will now have to fight a two front war; defending its key executives against criminal charges as well, including the risk of jail time for what is most likely going to be a securities fraud charge. While a disgraced Steve Cohen may, in theory, run his or whatever employees' he has left, money as a "family office", it would take a very strong wi-fi signal to do that from even a minimum security prison should he finally suffer Martha Stewart's fate.

 
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Frontrunning: July 23





  • Biggest Banks Face Fed Restoring Barriers in Commodities (BBG)
  • SAC to Employees: Cohen Didn't Read Dell Email at Heart of SEC's Case (WSJ)
  • Second (and Third) liens are back, and so is 2005: As Banks Retreat, Hedge Funds Smell Profit (WSJ)
  • Singapore funds benefit from Asian wealth (FT)
  • 2 years later the lies haven't changed one bit - Tepco hit over slow admission of radioactive leak (FT)
  • How big tech stays offline on tax (Reuters)
  • Hilton Leads Rush to Africa in Fastest Boom (BBG)
  • U.S. and UK fine high-speed trader for manipulation (Reuters)
  • Key witness takes stand in SEC case against Goldman's Tourre (Reuters)
  • Boomer Sex With Dementia Foreshadowed in Nursing Home (BBG)
  • Bentley SUV gives £800m boost to UK car industry (FT)
 
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Frontrunning: July 22





  • Earthquake Sends Kiwis Screaming From Wellington Buildings (BBG)
  • China quake death toll more than doubles to 54, hundreds hurt (Reuters)
  • In 2011, Michigan Gov. Snyder said bankruptcy wasn't an option for Detroit. Two years later, he changed his mind (WSJ)
  • GlaxoSmithKline says Chinese laws might have been violated (FT)
  • SEC Tries Last Ditch Move to Put SAC’s Cohen Out of Business (BBG)
  • Detroit’s Bankruptcy Reveals Dysfunction Common in Cities (BBG)
  • Obama to start new offensive on economy (FT)
  • As WTI and Brent reunite, Gulf of Mexico faces squeeze, not glut (Reuters)
  • Extended Stay Files for Public Offering (WSJ)
  • Apple Developer Website Hacked: Developer Names, Addresses May Have Been Taken (MacRumors)
  • Treasuries Not Safe Enough as Foreign Purchase Pace Slows (BBG)
 
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SEC Sues Steve Cohen For Failing To Prevent Insider Trading, Seeks Bar





And in the category of most made up charges by the SEC against a hedge fund billionaire we have:

SEC SUES STEVE COHEN FOR FAILING TO PREVENT INSIDER TRADING
SEC SUES SAC’S STEVEN COHEN WITH FAILING TO SUPERVISE MANAGERS
SEC CHARGES STEVEN COHEN WITH FAILING TO SUPERVISE PORTFOLIO
SEC SEEKS TO BAR COHEN FROM OVERSEEING INVESTOR FUNDS
ALLEGES COHEN RECEIVED INFO THAT SHOULD HAVE LED TO PROBE

All of the above was known to our readers since December 2010. Thus Steve Cohen's forced conversion to a "friends and family" office is now complete. And since hedge funds make money not on portfolio upside (and certainly not downside) but on the management fees, the chapter of Blue Eyes' information arbitrage glory days are now over.

 
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